Military Robots: Ethics of Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems

Gülmez, Salih
In this thesis, the ethical impacts of Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems (LAWS) have been investigated. The main focus of the thesis is the question of whether LAWS lead to a responsibility gap. The responsibility gap argument posits that no one bears responsibility for the actions of LAWS, resulting in a gap in responsibility assignments. However, I introduce the concept of vicarious responsibility, demonstrating that designers of LAWS can be held morally responsible for their design due to their moral entanglement. The central argument of the thesis posits that it is possible to attribute moral responsibility, albeit in a vicarious sense, to the designers of LAWS, thereby bridging the responsibility gap.
Citation Formats
S. Gülmez, “Military Robots: Ethics of Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems,” M.A. - Master of Arts, Middle East Technical University, 2023.