Joshua Hughes is a Research Analyst at Trilateral Research.
He works on the providing ethical and legal assessments of emerging technologies, with a focus on the use of artificial intelligence in the area of security. His research interest is at the intersection of international law, ethics, security studies, philosophy, and technology. His most recent peer-reviewed article looks as the legal issues of using deep learning algorithms in target recognition systems.
Josh is trained in both social sciences and applied sciences. His first degree was a B.Sc (Hons) in Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation at the University of Central Lancashire, where he specialised in investigations of major and international crimes, forensic taphonomy, and human rights in police crowd control operations. Josh’s second degree is an LL.M in International Law and International Relations from Lancaster University. He focussed on analysing both police and military counterterrorism practices. His recently submitted Ph.D was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. It evaluates whether international law as it currently stands is sufficient to regulate the development, use, and responsibility for weapon systems controlled through artificial intelligence.