Saying 'No!' to Lethal Autonomous Targeting

TitleSaying 'No!' to Lethal Autonomous Targeting
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsSharkey, N
JournalJournal of Military Ethics
Date Published2010
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number15027570
KeywordsAUTONOMOUS , Discrimination , distinction , Drones , ethics , MILITARY , proportionality , ROBOTICS
AbstractPlans to automate killing by using robots armed with lethal weapons have been a prominent feature of most US military forces' roadmaps since 2004. The idea is to have a staged move from 'man-in-the-loop' to 'man-on-the-loop' to full autonomy. While this may result in considerable military advantages, the policy raises ethical concerns with regard to potential breaches of International Humanitarian Law, including the Principle of Distinction and the Principle of Proportionality. Current applications of remote piloted robot planes or drones offer lessons about how automated weapons platforms could be misused by extending the range of legally questionable, targeted killings by security and intelligence forces. Moreover, the alleged moral disengagement by remote pilots will only be exacerbated by the use of autonomous robots. Leaders in the international community need to address the difficult legal and moral issues now, before the current mass proliferation of development reaches fruition. [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.)
NotesSHARKEY, NOEL 1; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield, UK; Source Info: Dec2010, Vol. 9 Issue 4, p369; Subject Term: ROBOTICS; Subject Term: AUTONOMOUS robots; Subject Term: MILITARY weapons; Subject Term: ETHICS; Author-Supplied Keyword: discrimination; Author-Supplied Keyword: distinction; Author-Supplied Keyword: drones; Author-Supplied Keyword: ethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: military robotics; Author-Supplied Keyword: proportionality; Author-Supplied Keyword: robotics; Number of Pages: 15p; Illustrations: 1 Chart; Document Type: Article