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Volume 25 • Number 1

January 2011



 

 

GI, Robot: The Ethics of Using Robots in Combat


by C. D. Meyers


At a product demonstration conference in Chicago a few years ago, Taser (the stun gun manufacturer) introduced its latest technological achievement: a remote-controlled robot, developed by the iRobot company of Japan, armed with a Taser. Such a device could save lives on both sides of the law. But it is not the only use of robots replacing humans in dangerous jobs of security and defense. Recently we have seen the first robot soldiers, armed with lethal weapons, entering the battlefield as the US military begins to deploy remote-controlled machinegun- armed robots to patrol dangerous neighborhoods in occupied Iraq.


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