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Robots in War: Issues of Risk and Ethics
Ethics and Robotics
  • Patrick Lin, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
  • George A. Bekey, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
  • Keith Abney, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
Publication Date
1-1-2009
Abstract

War robots clearly hold tremendous advantages-from saving the lives of our own soldiers, to safely defusing roadside bombs, to operating in inaccessible and dangerous environments such as mountainside caves and underwater. Without emotions and other liabilities on the battlefield, they could conduct warfare more ethically and effectively than human soldiers who are susceptible to overreactions, anger, vengeance, fatigue, low morale, and so on. But the use of robots, especially autonomous ones, raises a a host of ethical and risk issues. This paper offers a a survey of such emerging issues in this new but rapidly advancing area of technology.

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Published by IOS Press.
Citation Information
Patrick Lin, George A. Bekey and Keith Abney. "Robots in War: Issues of Risk and Ethics" Ethics and Robotics (2009) p. 49 - 67
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/gbekey/3/