Ethics of Artificial Intelligence and Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems
Major Scott Parsons’ three sections of Intro to Philosophy and Ethical Reasoning ended their three-week unit on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence and Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems with an interdepartmental/interdisciplinary collaboration with the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science.
The Cadets spent several lessons in the Robotic Research Center (RCC) in the basement of Thayer Hall learning how to program robots with ethics and then conducted battles with their lethal autonomous weapons on a simulated battlefield.
Cadets were taught to program their Ground Lethal Autonomous Weapon System (GLAWS) by RCC director LTC Chris Korpela, and two other roboticists/engineers MAJ (R) Dominic Larkin and Mr. Pratheek Manjunath. The Cadets programed their saber-mounted robots to distinguish between different classifications of balloons on the battlefield.