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Lethal Autonomous Systems and the Plight of the Non-combatant

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In this reprint of the original article, which appeared in AISB Quarterly, July 2013, Vol. 137, Ron Arkin, argues that calls to ban militarized automated technologies are premature. Arkin notes that automated technologies may prove to be more humane in war through limiting combatant and non-combatant casualties. In addition, adherence to International Humantiarian Law may prove more consistent with militarized automated technologies as compared to humans functioning in the fog of war. There may be, Arkin asserts, a moral requirement to further develop, test, and field militarized automated technologies that arises from a reduction in war casualties, atrocities, and stricter adherence International Humanitarian Law.

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  • Automated war
  • Drones
  • Ethics
  • Non-Combatants
  • War atrocities
  • War casualties

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Arkin, R. (2018). Lethal Autonomous Systems and the Plight of the Non-combatant. In: Kiggins, R. (eds) The Political Economy of Robots. International Political Economy Series. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-51466-6_15

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