In April 2019, the European Commission's High-Level Expert Group on artificial intelligence ("AI") presented its ethics guidelines for trustworthy artificial intelligence (the "AI Guidelines"). Building on the work of the group of independent experts appointed in June 2018, the Commission has launched a pilot phase to ensure that the ethical guidelines for Artificial Intelligence (AI) development and use can be implemented in practice.
The UK has taken the official position to not promote the deployment of Autonomous Weapons Systems (AWS), although its definition of AWS leaves open the possibility of developing such weapons. International pressure groups, such as the Campaign Against Killer Robots implore countries across the globe to take a firmer stance on the issue, and are appealing to the United Nations Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW).
It was the largest disruption to air travel since the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull descended upon the country in April 2010. Military assistance was called in, with some reports that it would be using Drone Dome, an Israeli counter-drone system. In the end, it was confirmed that an alternative system had been used in its place, as Drone Dome had not yet been delivered.
Private UK based artificial intelligence pioneer, Massive Analytic Limited, has won a Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition to investigate the application of its patented leading edge AI technology, Artificial Precognition, to identify new ways to enable defence and security forces to effectively conduct electromagnetic (EM) operations across multiple domains.
The European Union (EU) is set to begin a pilot programme to protect national borders using artificial intelligence (AI). Dubbed iBorderCTRL and branded as an AI-powered lie detector, it will require passengers to upload pictures of their passport, visa, and proof of funds, before answering a series of questions to a webcam.