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Do Killer Robots Violate Human Rights? by Patrick Lin

When machines are anthropomorphized, we risk applying a human standard that should not apply to mere tools.

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Introduction to Astronaut Bioethics by Patrick Lin

Reproducing in space, lifeboat problems, and other ethical quandaries that could arise if we travel to Mars. Disaster can happen at any moment in space exploration. “A good rule for rocket experimenters to follow is this: always assume that it will explode,” the editors of the journal Astronautics wrote in 1937, and nothing has changed: This August, SpaceX’s rocket blew up on a test flight.

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Cyberwarfare ethics, or how Facebook could accidentally make its engineers into targets by Patrick Lin

Without clear rules for cyberwarfare, technology workers could find themselves fair game in enemy attacks and counterattacks. If they participate in military cyberoperations—intentionally or not—employees at Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Sprint, AT&T, Vodaphone, and many other companies may find themselves considered “civilians directly participating in hostilities” and therefore legitimate targets of war, according to the legal definitions of the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocol...

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Here’s a Terrible Idea: Robot Cars With Adjustable Ethics Settings by Patrick Lin

Do you remember that day when you lost your mind? You aimed your car at five random people down the road. By the time you realized what you were doing, it was too late to brake.

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Don’t fear the robot car bomb by Patrick Lin

Within the next few years, autonomous vehicles—alias robot cars—could be weaponized, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) fears. In a recently disclosed report, FBI experts wrote that they believe that robot cars would be “game changing” for law enforcement. The self-driving machines could be professional getaway drivers, to name one possibility. Given the pace of developments on autonomous cars, this doesn’t seem implausible.

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What Google Cars Can Learn From Killer Robots by Patrick Lin

Robot cars and military robots have more in common than you’d think.  Some accidents with self-driving cars will result in fatalities, and this may be troubling in ways that human-caused fatalities are not.  But is it really worse to be killed by a robot than by a drunk driver—or by a renegade soldier?

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Inside Google’s Mysterious Ethics Board by Patrick Lin

The technology world was abuzz last week when Google announced it spent nearly half a billion dollars to acquire DeepMind, a UK-based artificial intelligence (AI) lab. With few details available, commentators speculated on the underlying motivation.

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Just the Right Amount of Cyber Fear by Patrick Lin

A new book provides a sensible, engaging rundown of the threats we face.

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The Ethics of Autonomous Cars by Patrick Lin

Sometimes good judgment can compel us to act illegally. Should a self-driving vehicle get to make that same decision? If a small tree branch pokes out onto a highway and there’s no incoming traffic, we’d simply drift a little into the opposite lane and drive around it. But an automated car might come to a full stop, as it dutifully observes traffic laws that prohibit crossing a double-yellow line. This unexpected move would avoid bumping the object in front, but then cause a crash with the human drivers behind it.

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The Ethics of Saving Lives With Autonomous Cars Are Far Murkier Than You Think by Patrick Lin

If you don’t listen to Google’s robot car, it will yell at you. I’m not kidding: I learned that on my test-drive at a Stanford conference on vehicle automation a couple weeks ago.