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Soldier launching UAV  (Source: Sgt. 1st Class Michael Guillory, U.S. Army)
Robots with ethics could one day be used on the battlefield

The United States military continues to invest heavily into robotic technology, as the newer generations of robot-based soldiers will be programmed to understand battlefield ethics.

According to an article in the Army Times, the so-called 'ethical robots' would follow international laws.  Ronald Arkin, from the Mobile Robot Laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology, wrote a book to discuss the future of robotics.

In "Governing Lethal Behavior in Autonomous Robots," Arkin claims robotics, if programmed correctly, have numerous advantages over human ground troops.  Robots are emotionless , expendable, and can be customized for specific missions.  

It's possible the robots could be taught remorse, compassion and guilt, but exact senses the robots would be programmed with are still unknown.  Furthermore, depending on the determined level of guilt, and the mission being carried out, the firepower and effectiveness of weapons used will change.

The robots could also be used to monitor soldiers to ensure international treaties are being followed by U.S. and coalition ground troops.  Although many soldiers don't want to be monitored in such an intrusive manner, several high-profile cases of abuse and murder have further blemished the military's image among locals in Iraq.  

If funding is properly allocated for the research, it could be available in 10 to 20 years.  As the U.S. continues to fight wars using enhanced technology, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and other unmanned resources have become popular alternatives to launching manned missions -- and is expected to further increase in the future.



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By rampholeon on 1/4/2010 1:45:41 PM , Rating: 2
Interestingly enough, the french form of cybernetics , that is cybernétique , puns as s'y berne éthique , which means ethics fools itself . After 9/11, out of denial, first we had imaginary WMDs - the weapons the kamikazes should have used to create the destruction they achieved - and now we will have... well, I guess what I mean to say, is that I find most fearsome the idea that some people may now well design and program "ethical warrior robots" without doubting a split second that whatever they'll achieve, it will be ethically superior to the kamikazes... to which they are a response.




By rampholeon on 1/4/2010 2:13:00 PM , Rating: 2
In addition, I find the heading of the topic as "science" relevant to the matter of ethics. Did not Hiroshima and Nagasaki open the road to a long-term confusion of war ethics and experimental science ethics. To the benefit of the creativity of the military-industrial complex, making US military innovation shine as science demos ?


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