The Bright Red Line of Responsibility

Presentation Powerpoint * Proceedings PDF presented July 15, 2013 at IACAP 2013: The Annual Meeting of the International Association for Computing and Philosophy: “Minds, Machines and Morals”

The last six months has seen a rising tsunami of interest in “killer robots” and “autonomy” in weapons systems. We argue that most of the “debate” has been derailed by emotionally inflammatory terms, red herrings facilitated by the overuse of “suitcase” words rather than precisely defined terms and entirely spurious arguments. There have been numerous proposals for “robot arms control” but we contend that such framing is a major part of the problem even when done by responsible parties. Our proposal is to move forward by referring back to the one necessary but simple core concept of responsibility.

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