Responsibility for Killer Robots

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Abstract

Future weapons will make life-or-death decisions without a human in the loop. When such weapons inflict unwarranted harm, no one appears to be responsible. There seems to be a responsibility gap. I first reconstruct the argument for such responsibility gaps to then argue that this argument is not sound. The argument assumes that commanders have no control over whether autonomous weapons inflict harm. I argue against this assumption. Although this investigation concerns a specific case of autonomous weapons systems, I take steps towards vindicating the more general idea that superiors can be morally responsible in virtue of being in command.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)731-747
Number of pages17
JournalEthical Theory and Moral Practice
Volume22
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Causation
  • Hierarchical groups
  • Moral philosophy
  • Moral responsibility
  • Responsibility gap

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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