Killer Robots: Legality and Ethicality of Autonomous Weapons

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Military robots and other, potentially autonomous robotic systems such as unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAVs) and unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) could soon be introduced to the battlefield. Look further into the future and we may see autonomous micro- and nanorobots armed and deployed in swarms of thousands or even millions. This growing automation of warfare may come to represent a major discontinuity in the history of warfare: humans will first be removed from the battlefield and may one day even be largely excluded from the decision cycle in future high-tech and high-speed robotic warfare. Although the current technological issues will no doubt be overcome, the greatest obstacles to automated weapons on the battlefield are likely to be legal and ethical concerns. Armin Krishnan explores the technological, legal and ethical issues connected to combat robotics, examining both the opportunities and limitations of autonomous weapons. He also proposes solutions to the future regulation of military robotics through international law.

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Armin Krishnan is at the University of Texas at El Paso, USA

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'The prospect of intelligent machines rebelling against their human creators is an enduring preoccupation of Western popular culture. Yet most of us know little about the real capabilities of armed robots. In this highly original survey, Armin Krishnan explains the current state of the art in military robotics and explores the implications of the growing use of autonomous weapons. This study is a valuable resource for anyone seeking to understand the battlefield of the future.' Nikolas Gardner, USAF Air War College, USA 'The advent of military or "killer" robots raises profound issues for the future of warfare and arms control. This development, which has become possible due to the combination of nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, robotics and information technology, is the principal topic of this path-breaking book. It will therefore be of great significance to those interested in the ethical, legal and military debates about the future use of this technology.' Darryl Howlett, University of Southampton, UK 'Overall, Krishnan's book will be of interest to policymakers and concept developers looking for ideas and education on the 'killer robots' question. It will equally serve academic researchers as a text book for entering the field and as a departure point for their own work. The book would be a useful addition to libraries in applied philosophy, military systems engineering and security policy.' Australian Defence Force Journal 'Krishnan (Univ. of Texas, El Paso) presents one of the greatest ethical questions of modern warfare... This book would be useful for an undergraduate engineering ethics course; it could also accompany a graduate course on unmanned systems. Additionally, it offers roboticists a level of awareness regarding the ethics of these future weapon systems. Includes a solid, thorough bibliography. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Academic and professional audiences, all levels.' Choice '... the author has made great effort in this "path-breaking" work in making the readers understand the historical antecedents of military robots, the current state and the future use of robotics technology in warfare. The book evokes thought provoking issues that touch on the legality and ethicality of AW and what is argued to be their dangerous aspects and thus the need for their international regulation.' Military Law and the Law of War Review 'Killer Robots by Krishnan is one of the first publications dedicated to the topic of AWs and therefore, almost naturally, presents some critical arguments and theories. The author uses a very wide range of sources, which vary from scientific and academic studies to military reports. The book does not lack historical evidence, as Krishnan spends a substantial amount of time explaining the roots of AW technologies. One of the most significant characteristics of the work is that the author understands the topic of AWs and AI as a phenomena that is, in the future, likely to change the whole society as we know it.' Central European Journal of International and Security Studies

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