The Case for Ethical Autonomy in Unmanned Systems

TitleThe Case for Ethical Autonomy in Unmanned Systems
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsArkin, RC
JournalJournal of Military Ethics
Date Published2010
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number15027570
KeywordsAutonomy , drone , ethics , laws , lethal , MILITARY , ROBOTICS , unmanned , weapons
AbstractThe underlying thesis of the research in ethical autonomy for lethal autonomous unmanned systems is that they will potentially be capable of performing more ethically on the battlefield than are human soldiers. In this article this hypothesis is supported by ongoing and foreseen technological advances and perhaps equally important by an assessment of the fundamental ability of human warfighters in today's battlespace. If this goal of better-than-human performance is achieved, even if still imperfect, it can result in a reduction in noncombatant casualties and property damage consistent with adherence to the Laws of War as prescribed in international treaties and conventions, and is thus worth pursuing vigorously. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]Copyright of Journal of Military Ethics is the property of Routledge and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)
NotesARKIN, RONALD C. 1; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Source Info: Dec2010, Vol. 9 Issue 4, p332; Subject Term: ETHICS; Subject Term: DRONE aircraft; Subject Term: WEAPONS systems; Subject Term: ROBOTICS; Subject Term: MILITARY weapons; Author-Supplied Keyword: autonomy; Author-Supplied Keyword: ethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: laws of war; Author-Supplied Keyword: lethal autonomous systems; Author-Supplied Keyword: robotics; Author-Supplied Keyword: unmanned systems; Number of Pages: 10p; Document Type: Article