Drones: Policy, Privacy & Public Safety
While the use of drones on the battlefield is shrouded with public controversy, unmanned systems have changed the face of modern day warfare. Robots offer incredible functionality versatility, flexibility that can dramatically reduce civilian and soldier casualties. However, we are only beginning to examine the social and ethical implications of remote precision targeting, long-range functionality, and the impacts of distancing or removing the human element from hand-to-hand combat. When the kill is as distant as a video game screen, how does it impact our perceptions of the value of human life? As we work to ensure public safety through counterterrorism, what are the appropriate boundaries for the use of drones on the home front? This panel will look at the both the positive and negative impact of drone technology on what it means to be a soldier, a civilian, a victim and a human.
Additional Supporting Materials
- What are the implications of robots using artificial intelligence to make decisions about human lives and privacy
- How are military robots creating a safer civilian world?
- How does remote targeting impact the psyche of soldiers, as they develop relationships with their targets?
- Should unmanned systems be held to legal protocols?
- What do private citizens need to know about current policies being developed around drone technology?
- Helen Greiner CyPhy Works
- Robin Murphy Texas A&M
- Noel Sharkey University of Sheffield
- Peter (P.W.) Singer The Brookings Institute
Leigh Durst Strategist / Event Producer for IEEE
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