Robots fighting wars could be blamed for mistakes on the battlefield

If a robot in combat has a hardware malfunction or programming glitch that causes it to kill civilians, do we blame the robot, or the humans who created and deployed it? The researchers' latest results show that humans apply a moderate amount of morality and other human characteristics to robots that are equipped with social capabilities and are capable of harming humans. This suggests that as robots gain capabilities in language and social interactions, it is likely that many people will hold a humanoid robot as partially accountable for a harm that it causes, the researchers wrote. They argue that as militaries transform from human to robotic warfare, the chain of command that controls robots and the moral accountability of robotic warriors should be factored into jurisprudence and the Laws of Armed Conflict for cases when the robots hurt humans.

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