“The Survey seeks to develop a general knowledge base of the developing role of AI in weapons systems. To do this, we created a working understanding of the current state of the art in presently deployed (and several emerging) weapon systems. The current state of play is important because it informs the way researchers and developers approach the design of the systems, as well as how they may seek further developments in the future. Moreover, this is key because it aids in the contribution of international legal policy discussions, which may thereby affect policy formulation.
“We offer, therefore, a freely-accessible and public dataset of autonomous capabilities in weapons systems. Each system is coded according to domain (air, land, sea, space), and functionality (mobility, navigation, identification and selection), as well as many other metrics.”