Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Drone-Ethics Briefing: What a Leading Robot Expert Told the CIA

From the article: "The ethics of military robots is quickly marching ahead, judging by news coverage and academic research. Yet there's little discussion about robots in the service of national intelligence and espionage, which are omnipresent activities in the background. This is surprising, because most military robots are used for surveillance and reconnaissance, and their most controversial uses are traced back to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in targeted strikes against suspected terrorists. ...Integrating ethics may be more cautious and less agile than a "do first, think later" (or worse "do first, apologize later") approach, but it helps us win the moral high ground--perhaps the most strategic of battlefields." Read more

See Also
Patrick Lin, Keith Abney, and George A. Bekey of California Polytechnic State University, The MIT Press, Dec. 9, 2011