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In this workshop we will examine the primary lines of ethical debate over newly emerging and future military technologies. This includes debates over moral responsibility gaps and moral judgment issues for the employment of future autonomous systems, and the various ethical concerns as well as potential moral advantages for the increased use of remote weapon platforms such as UAVs.

This class will help those new to the field get up to date on the current “state of the debate” for the ethics of such technology. It will also be valuable for those already engaged in these debates who wish to address substantive but persistent disagreements over these vexing questions.

Workshop programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Overview: The Debate

Bradley Jay Strawser

Bradley Jay Strawser, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Dept. of Defense Analysis, US Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) - Bradley Strawser is hosting this workshop independently with SMi.

  • How and why is ever changing military technology impacting the broader debate over the ethics of war?
  • Is traditional just war theory able to accommodate the future of warfare?
  • 9:30 Remote weapon technology

    Bradley Jay Strawser

    Bradley Jay Strawser, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Dept. of Defense Analysis, US Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) - Bradley Strawser is hosting this workshop independently with SMi.

  • The potential moral gains
  • Litany of moral risks posed by UAVs
  • 10:30 Networking Break

    11:00 Autonomous military technology

    Bradley Jay Strawser

    Bradley Jay Strawser, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Dept. of Defense Analysis, US Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) - Bradley Strawser is hosting this workshop independently with SMi.

  • What are the primary moral objections that can be brought against autonomous military technology?
  • Responsibility gaps, moral judgment issues, technology issues, and more
  • What are the potential moral advantages such technology could potentially bring?
     
  • 12:00 Concluding discussion: The future of military technology and the human warrior

    Bradley Jay Strawser

    Bradley Jay Strawser, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Dept. of Defense Analysis, US Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) - Bradley Strawser is hosting this workshop independently with SMi.

    12:30 End of workshop

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