Monday, March 9, 2009

Three Perspectives on Robots in War

The Financial Times published a book review that covers three books, P.W. Singer's Wired for War, David Axe's War Bots, and Moral Machines, in an article titled, "The New War Machine." Stephen Cave writes:

"While our destructive power is launching into this science-fiction future, however, our principles are stuck in the trenches. There is no precedent for an android to stand in the dock for war crimes. And the Geneva Conventions don’t tell us who to blame when an automaton makes a lethal error, such as when US Patriot missile batteries shot down two allied aircraft in Iraq in 2003, killing two Britons and one American.

We are in the midst of a revolution in the way we wage war, as profound as the discovery of gunpowder or the building of the atomic bomb. Yet most of us hardly know it’s happening – and our legal and moral frameworks are entirely unprepared. But a few people have noticed: three fascinating and timely new books detail these developments and the issues they raise."

Read the full review at www.ft. com

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