June 19, 2009

BATTLEFIELD ROBOTS WHO CARE: Ethics training for deadly drones. “Ron Arkin, a robotics engineer at the Georgia Institute of Technology, has begun writing computer programs that could help robots follow an ethical code in the heat of battle. And although his military-funded project is not designed to produce ethics software for actual future robots, it has generated interesting results nonetheless.”

I just finished P.W. Singer’s Wired for War, which discusses this topic at considerable length. But everybody invokes the Terminator robots — why isn’t there more discussion of the far-more-ethical Bolos?