Are We Sure We Want to Let Robots Kill?

Just because robots can do jobs that humans otherwise do, does that mean that they should? This question becomes especially difficult when we task a robot with applying lethal force. At an alarming rate, militaries from around the globe are employing AI to optimize operations and build weapons systems (i.e. robots) to take on more and more roles and tasks previously undertaken by human warfighters. But we should first ask: What does it mean to give a robot the power and authority to kill? What moral, political, and strategic issues arise from the utilization of autonomous weaponry and AI in conflict? Do we want or need regulation of these systems under the laws of war?

Festival: Aspen Ideas 2017

Watch and Listen: Security

The Trump Administration has said that “all options are on the table” in North Korea. What actually are the options,... See more
Every new president finds it challenging to adjust to the role of commander in chief. President Trump, the... See more
We are on the cusp of a sweeping revolution — one that will change every facet of our lives. The changes ahead will... See more
The Trump Administration says it is “committed to a foreign policy focused on American interests and American national... See more
Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism, and other hatreds are thriving today, and nowhere are they more rampant, vitriolic... See more
From election meddling to new US sanctions to close calls between fighter planes over the Baltic Sea, the US-Russia... See more