Data, Speed, and Know-How: Ethical and Philosophical Issues in Human-Autonomous Systems Cooperation in Military Contexts

  • Mark CoeckelberghEmail author
  • Michael Funk
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9991)


Human-Autonomous Systems Cooperation raises several ethical and philosophical issues that need to be addressed not only at the stage of implementation of the system but also preferably at the stage of development. This paper identifies and discusses some of these issues, with a specific focus on human-machine cooperation problems and chances, focusing usage of these systems in military contexts. It is argued that ethical, philosophical, and technical problems include (1) data security and monitoring/management, (2) agency, distancing and speed/time, and (3) cooperation, networks and knowledge. These issues need to be taken into account not only in the application but also in processes of research and development and legal regulation.


Human-machine cooperation Ethics Drones Cyberwar HFT Speed Time Knowledge Networks 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

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