Noel E. Sharkey

Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics and Professor of Public Engagement in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Sheffield

Noel E. Sharkey is Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics and Professor of Public Engagement in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Sheffield, UK, and currently holds a Leverhulme Research Fellowship on an ethical and technical assessment of battlefield robots.


  • The evitability of autonomous robot warfare

    This piece is a call for the prohibition of autonomous lethal targeting by free-ranging robots. It points out three main international humanitarian law / ethical issues with armed autonomous robots and discusses misunderstandings about the limitations of robotic systems and artificial intelligence. The article looks at some anthropomorphic ways that robots have been discussed by the military and at problems with some of the current legal instruments, and suggests a way forward to prohibition.