On the moral responsibility of military robots
2013 (English)In: Ethics and Information Technology, ISSN 1388-1957, E-ISSN 1572-8439, Vol. 15, no 2, 99-107 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article discusses mechanisms and principlesfor assignment of moral responsibility to intelligentrobots, with special focus on military robots. We introducethe concept autonomous power as a new concept, and use itto identify the type of robots that call for moral considerations.It is furthermore argued that autonomous power,and in particular the ability to learn, is decisive forassignment of moral responsibility to robots. As technologicaldevelopment will lead to robots with increasingautonomous power, we should be prepared for a futurewhen people blame robots for their actions. It is importantto, already today, investigate the mechanisms that controlhuman behavior in this respect. The results may be usedwhen designing future military robots, to control unwantedtendencies to assign responsibility to the robots. Independentof the responsibility issue, the moral quality of robots’behavior should be seen as one of many performancemeasures by which we evaluate robots. How to designethics based control systems should be carefully investigatedalready now. From a consequentialist view, it wouldindeed be highly immoral to develop robots capable ofperforming acts involving life and death, without includingsome kind of moral framework.
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Springer, 2013. Vol. 15, no 2, 99-107 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-91490DOI: 10.1007/s10676-012-9301-2OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-91490DiVA: diva2:736631