Abstract

Central to the ethical concerns raised by the prospect of increasingly autonomous military robots are issues of responsibility. In this paper, we examine different conceptions of autonomy within the discourse on these robots to bring into focus what is at stake when it comes to the autonomous nature of military robots. We argue that due to the metaphorical use of the concept of autonomy, the autonomy of robots is often treated as a black box in discussions about autonomous military robots. When the black box is opened up and we see how autonomy is understood and made by those involved in the design and development of robots, the responsibility questions change significantly.


Type

Journal Article

Volume

16

Date

March 2014

Webpage

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Creators

Noorman, Merel (Author)
Johnson, Deborah G. (Author)

Issue

1

DOI
10.1007/s10676-013-9335-0


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