Moral Robots: the Future of War or Dystopian Fiction? – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Now a small group of scholars is grappling with what some believe could be the next generation of weaponry: lethal autonomous robots. At the center of the debate is Ronald C. Arkin, a Georgia Tech professor who has hypothesized lethal weapons systems that are ethically superior to human soldiers on the battlefield. A professor of robotics and ethics, he has devised algorithms for an “ethical governor” that he says could one day guide an aerial drone or ground robot to either shoot or hold its fire in accordance with internationally agreed-upon rules of war.But some scholars have dismissed Mr. Arkins ethical governor as “vaporware,” arguing that current technology is nowhere near the level of complexity that would be needed for a military robotic system to make life-and-death ethical judgments. Clouding the debate is that any mention of lethal robots floods the minds of ordinary observers with Terminator-like imagery, creating expectations that are unreasonable and counterproductive.

via Moral Robots: the Future of War or Dystopian Fiction? – Research – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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One thought on “Moral Robots: the Future of War or Dystopian Fiction? – The Chronicle of Higher Education

  1. There is a star trek episode about this, but to an extreme extent.The whole battle or war between two planets is fought digitally, and when the computer says there were 10,000 casualties due to a bombing the citizens are randomly picked and then vaporized. This is to keep the actual devastations of war at bay. Season 1 episode 23. Here is a trailer of the episode. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4Wn2wlOwSU

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