Is it morally right to use Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in war?
2011 (English)In: Philosophy & Technology, ISSN 2210-5433, ISSN 2210-5433, Vol. 24, no 3, 279-291 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Several robotic automation systems, such as UAVs, are being used in combat today. This evokes ethical questions. In this paper it is argued that UAVs, more than other weapons, may determine which normative theory the interpretation of the laws of war (LOW) will be based on. UAVs are unique as a weapon in the sense that the advantages they provide in terms of fewer casualties, and the fact that they make war seem more like a computer game, might lower the threshold for entering war. This indicates the importance of revising the LOW, or adding some rules that focus specifically on UAVs.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 24, no 3, 279-291 p.
UAVs, laws of war, robots
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-32432DOI: 10.1007/s13347-011-0033-8ScopusID: 2-s2.0-80052618840OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-32432DiVA: diva2:410638
QC 20110414. Updated from submitted to published, 20120316. Previous title: Is it morally right to use UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) in war?2011-04-142011-04-142014-04-11Bibliographically approved