But this morning I came across the best article I’ve seen on the topic so far in Unmanned Systems magazine, written by Judi Hasson.
The article spotlights Ron Arkin, a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, who is apparently trying to write the rulebook on killing by armed autonomous weapons, the increasingly inevitable next step in the technology of war. His web site is here: http://www.cc.gatech.edu/projects/robotsurvey/auvsi.html.
Here’s a glimpse of the subscriber-only article:
His goal is to create a framework that would integrate an artificial conscience and restrict actions to an ethics code. So a robot would be programmed not to order soldiers to fire on unarmed civilians or engage in action such as the destruction of an unarmed village.
“As codes of conduct and laws change, we have to design it in a flexible way. All of this changes over time. It is not cast in stone like the Ten Commandments,” Arkin says. … “Part of my mission is raising the consciousness among other researchers about the ramifications of our research.”