This report is designed as a preliminary investigation into the risk and ethics issues related to autonomous military systems, with a particular focus on battlefield robotics as perhaps the most controversial area. It is intended to help inform policymakers, military personnel, scientists, as well as the broader public who collectively influence such developments. Our goal is to raise the issues that need to be considered in responsibly introducing advanced technologies into the battlefield and, eventually, into society. With history as a guide, we know that foresight is critical to both mitigate undesirable effects as well as to best promote or leverage the benefits of technology.




Lin, Patrick (Author)
Bekey, George (Author)
Abney, Keith (Author)

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