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“It All Comes Down to Ethics”

Robert J. Marks interviewed for recent article on "killer robots"

Robert J. Marks and his book The Case for Killer Robots: Why America’s Military Needs to Continue Development of Lethal AI were mentioned in a Fortune Magazine article by Jacob Carpenter, which discussed the issue of robotic and AI-controlled weapons in police and military forces. Marks was interviewed for the article and his phrase “in the end, it comes down to the ethics” was also featured in the article’s title.

The article weighs different perspectives on weaponized AI and whether this is the direction the country is headed in the future. Marks notes the parallels with the gun rights issue in the debate over weaponized robots. The issue will inevitably extend to the question of AI deploying firearms, not just humans.

The article ends with Marks’s comment: “It seems to me there’s an incredible parallel to the Second Amendment debate we’ve always had. In the end, it comes down to ethics.” 

The article is behind a paywall, but here is the link for those interested in reading further. Also, be sure to look into Dr. Marks’s book on the subject!

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“It All Comes Down to Ethics”