News Articles with Category: Ethics

Stephen Hawking Doesn’t Have to Fear Killer Robots

July 29, 2015 - via Defense One Autonomous weapons will never remove the human dimension of warfare, but if we are careful, they just might thin the fog.

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Autonomous Weapons: an Open Letter from AI & Robotics Researchers

July 28, 2015 - via IJCAI 2015 conference Starting a military AI arms race is a bad idea, and should be prevented by a ban on offensive autonomous weapons beyond meaningful human control.

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Fearing Bombs That Can Pick Whom to Kill

November 11, 2014 - via DARPA As these weapons become smarter and nimbler, critics fear they will become increasingly difficult for humans to control — or to defend against. And while pinpoint accuracy could save civilian lives, critics fear weapons without human oversight could make war more likely, as easy as flipping a switch.

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Inside the Navy’s Secret Swarm Robot Experiment

October 5, 2014 - via Office of Naval Research Messages are relayed and the small escort boats begin moving. Detecting the enemy vessel with radar and infrared sensors, they perform a series of maneuvers to encircle the craft, coming close enough to the boat to engage it and near enough to one another to seal off any potential escape or access to the ship they are guarding.

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In Defense of Killer Robots

July 10, 2014 - via Wall Street Journal A ban-the-bots movement is growing, but first the military should find out what such autonomous systems can do.

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Now The Military Is Going To Build Robots That Have Morals

May 13, 2014 - via Defense One We’re talking about putting robots in more and more contexts in which we can’t predict what they’re going to do, what kind of situations they’ll encounter. So they need to do some kind of ethical reasoning in order to sort through various options

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A Policy Paper on Autonomous Weapon Systems

April 9, 2013 - via Hoover Institute Why a Ban Won’t Work and How the Laws of War Can.

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Scientists ask for legal safeguards to keep their work out of court

October 2, 2012 - via Science Oil spill researchers have their preliminary data subpoenaed by BP.

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The Moral Case for Drones

July 15, 2012 - via New York Times It may be a surprise to find that some moral philosophers, political scientists and weapons specialists believe armed, unmanned aircraft offer marked moral advantages over almost any other tool of warfare.

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Drone-Ethics Briefing: What a Leading Robot Expert Told the CIA

December 15, 2011 - via Atlantic Last month, philosopher Patrick Lin delivered this briefing about the ethics of drones at an event hosted by In-Q-Tel, the CIA's venture-capital arm. It's a thorough and unnerving survey of what it might mean for the intelligence service to deploy different kinds of robots.

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Robots, Ethics & War

December 15, 2010 - via Stanford Law School Related to my work here in robot ethics, the following is an advance look at my paper forthcoming in Journal of Military Ethics:

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U.N. urged to set up panel on ethics of robot weapons

October 22, 2010 - via Reuters A U.N. investigator called on the world body on Friday to set up a panel to study the ethics and legality of unmanned military weapons

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How Does a Terminator Know When to Not Terminate?

September 27, 2010 - via Discover Magazine In the skies above Afghanistan and along the roadsides of Iraq, unmanned military machines are changing the nature of combat. These robots may soon be making life-or-death decisions themselves.

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