Intelligent Agents in Military, Defense and Warfare: Ethical Issues and Concerns

Bhattacharyya, Mr. Sahon (2011) Intelligent Agents in Military, Defense and Warfare: Ethical Issues and Concerns. [Conference Paper] (Unpublished)

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Due to tremendous progress in digital electronics now intelligent and autonomous agents are gradually being adopted into the fields and domains of the military, defense and warfare. This paper tries to explore some of the inherent ethical issues, threats and some remedial issues about the impact of such systems on human civilization and existence in general. This paper discusses human ethics in contrast to machine ethics and the problems caused by non-sentient agents. A systematic study is made on paradoxes regarding the long-term advantages of such agents in military combat. This paper proposes an international standard which could be adopted by all nations to bypass the adverse effects and solve ethical issues of such intelligent agents.

Item Type:Conference Paper
Keywords:intelligent agents, military, computational ethics, problem of ethics, philosophy of science, artificial intelligence, machine ethics
Subjects:Computer Science > Artificial Intelligence
Computer Science > Robotics
Philosophy > Ethics
ID Code:7284
Deposited By: Bhattacharyya, Mr. Sahon
Deposited On:02 May 2011 17:12
Last Modified:02 May 2011 17:12

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[1] Patrick Lin, George Bekey, Keith Abney, 2008: “Autonomous Military Robotics: Risk, Ethics and Design” (US Department of Navy, Office of Naval Research, under awards #N00014-070101152 and #N00014-08-1-1209)

[2] Isaac Asimov, 1950: “I, Robot”

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