Our Impact

Media Releases

(Link) UNSW Canberra and The University of Queensland (UQ) have partnered with the very first Defence Cooperative Research Centre (DCRC) for Trusted Autonomous Systems to launch a $9 million+ programme focusing research on embedding the ethics and law of trusted autonomous systems. (1 March 2019)



Jason Scholz and Jai Galliott, 'AI in Weapons: The Moral Imperative for Minimally-Just Autonomy', paper presented at the International Conference on Science and Innovation for Land Power, 4-6 September 2018, Adelaide, South Australia

Jai Galliott, 'The Soldier’s Tolerance for Autonomous Systems', (2018) 9(1) Paladyn, Journal of Behavioral Robotics 124

Tim McFarland, 'Autonomous weapons and human control', International Committee of the Red Cross Humanitarian Law & Policy Blog, 18 July 2018


Conferences and Seminars

Jai Galliott represented UNSW at the 2019 session of the Group of Governmental Experts on emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems in Geneva (20-21 August 2019). This annual meeting is held under the auspices of the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects. It provides a forum for States and other interested parties to discuss questions related to emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems.

Jai Galliott delivered a seminar on Human Enhancement at the Australian Command and Staff Course in Canberra (14 March 2019)

Sadjad Soltanzadeh delivered a seminar on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence at the Australian Command and Staff Course in Canberra (14 March 2019)



Jai Galliott spoke with Computerworld about leading a five-year, $9 million study to explore the ethical constraints required in autonomous weapon systems. The study will pair ethicists and lawyers with the programmers and engineers working on AI-supported weapons to “nut out a lot of the ethical and legal challenges at the time of the design rather than trying to do it all after the fact, after the genie’s out of the bottle”. Clarifying the focus of the study, Galliott noted that the aim is to build machines ethically, not build ethical machines. (11 March 2019)

The Australian military is set to spend £2.68million ($5million AUS) to find ways to make robotic weapon systems behave in an ethical manner. Jai Galliott is leading the research and spoke with The Sun (UK) about the project. (1 March 2019)

A huge new project funded by the Defence Department will investigate how artificially intelligent weapons can be used ethically. The six-year project started yesterday at the University of Queensland and the University of New South Wales. Lead researcher Jai Galliott spoke with Daily Mail Australia about the project. (1 March 2019)

The Australian Defence Force has invested more than $5 million in researching the possibilities of artificially intelligent weaponry in an effort to design ethical killing machines. Lead researcher Jai Galliott discussed the project with ABC News. (1 March 2019)

The Australian Defence Force is set to spend more than $5 million to develop battlefield robots which have a sense of morality. It has commissioned the University of New South Wales in Canberra and the University of Queensland to find ways to make machines behave in an ethical way in wartime. Jai Galliott discussed the project in the Sydney Morning Herald. (1 March 2019)

Australia is embarking on the world’s largest study into how to make autonomous weapons such as future armed drones behave ethically in warfare. Jai Galliott was interviewed by the Sydney Morning Herald in a story about the newly funded project. (28 February 2019)

Jai Galliott was interviewed by RiotACT about the dangers of drone use at airports following sighting of drones at Canberra airport: Drone surveillance to start at Canberra Airport as five spotted in past two years. (21 January 2019)

Jai Galliott was interviewed by ABC News in an article discussing railgun technology and its use in naval weapons systems: What exactly is a railgun, and do we need to start building bunkers again? (4 January 2019)

Jai Galliott was interviewed by ABC News about the security problems which drones present to airports following the forced closure of the runway at Gatwick airport by unauthorised drone use: How were drones able to close Gatwick Airport? (21 December 2018)

Jai Galliott was recently invited to speak on Channels 7 & 9 regarding the arrival of Australia's first two F-35A Joint Strike Fighters have arrived at their new home base at RAAF Base Williamtown. (14 December 2018)

Jai Galliott is quoted in an article on news.com.au about Australia's acquisition of F-35 fighters: Australia’s biggest defence mistake that will cost us billions. (23 October 2018)

Jai Galliott consulting CNET on article by Jennifer Bisset, 'Drone Assassins are Cheap, Deadly and Available in your Local Store'. (18 September 2018)


 Jai Galliott, ABC news item, 'Killer Robots: Why Banning Autonomous Weapons is Not a Good Idea'. (31 August 2018)