Military 2.0: Ethical Blowback from Emerging Technologies

Journal of Military Ethics, December 2010

Posted: 28 Sep 2010

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Patrick Lin

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Date Written: December 2010

Abstract

The military is a major driver of technological, world-changing innovations, such as the Internet. Ethical and policy concerns arising from such technologies, therefore, are not limited to military affairs, but they can have great implications for society at large. This paper will focus on two technology areas making headlines today and in the future: human enhancement technologies and robotics, representing both biological and technological upgrades to the military. The concerns we will raise are about (1) the unintended effects that these technologies could have on society and (2) the possible self-defeatingness of these military programs. Given that society also can influence military programs, e.g., through civil protests, it is important for the military to attend to such concerns.

Keywords: Military, ethics, robot, human enhancement, technology, society, blowback

Suggested Citation

Lin, Patrick, Military 2.0: Ethical Blowback from Emerging Technologies (December 2010). Journal of Military Ethics, December 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1683549

Patrick Lin (Contact Author)

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo ( email )

San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
United States

HOME PAGE: http://ethics.calpoly.edu

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