Ethical Principles for Artificial Intelligence in National Defence

Philosophy & Technology DOI 10.1007/s13347-021-00482-3

32 Pages Posted: 11 Oct 2021

See all articles by Mariarosaria Taddeo

Mariarosaria Taddeo

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute

Alexander Blanchard

The Alan Turing Institute

Date Written: September 23, 2021

Abstract

Defence agencies across the globe identify artificial intelligence (AI) as a key technology to maintain an edge over adversaries. As a result, efforts to develop or acquire AI capabilities for defence are growing on a global scale. Unfortunately, they remain unmatched by efforts to define ethical frameworks to guide the use of AI in the defence domain. This article provides one such framework. It identifies five principles -- justified and overridable uses; just and transparent systems and processes; human moral responsibility; meaningful human control; reliable AI systems – and related recommendations to foster ethically sound uses of AI for national defence purposes.

Keywords: Artificial Intelligence, Control, Defence, Digital Ethics, Ethical Principles, Fairness, Just War Theory, Responsibility, Reliability

Suggested Citation

Taddeo, Mariarosaria and Blanchard, Alexander, Ethical Principles for Artificial Intelligence in National Defence (September 23, 2021). Philosophy & Technology DOI 10.1007/s13347-021-00482-3 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3938195

Mariarosaria Taddeo (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute ( email )

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University of Oxford
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Alexander Blanchard

The Alan Turing Institute

British Library, 96 Euston Road
London, NW12DB
United Kingdom

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