It’s the stuff of science fiction: machines that make decisions about who and when to kill. Referred to as “autonomous weapons”, they’re already in use to some degree. But as more sophisticated systems are being developed we wanted to an expert in the field about whether such systems comply with international humanitarian law and what it means for humanity to give machines the power over human life and death.
For Eva Turró, science has almost been about much more than a career. Her passion for biology has allowed her to see the world with different eyes, to understand, respect and take care of the environment and the people around her.
Born into a family of doctors, she remembers as a child watching her grandfather helping families as a medical practitioner in her hometown in Barcelona, Spain. While medicine became a tradition in her family, she chose to learn about humans and their interaction with the world through a different lens.
“I thought that it would be a good idea to try and help people from a biological perspective,” says Turró, who most recently used that approach in her work as an emergency response delegate for the Spanish Red Cross in Mozambique and Honduras following devastating storms in 2019 and 2020.