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Governing Lethal Behavior in Autonomous System

Summarizing, the importance of instilling the ability to preserve human dignity in human robot interaction cannot be underestimated. It is a key to the success of the field and acceptance of this technology as well as a means to ensure that what we value as a society is preserved as technological changes progress. It is far better to be proactive that reactive in this regard and hopefully the ideas and approaches presented in this section, which by no means should be viewed as limiting, can lead towards the establishment of a solid research agenda towards that end. Acknowledgments 43 This work was supported in part by the U.S. Army Research Office under Contract # Contract #W911NF-06-1-0252 and the Office of Naval Research Although this article could serve as a rant against the machine and those that design them, that is not its intent. Instead, by uncovering some of the potential ethical risks inherent in the advancement of robotics technology, we can consider technological solutions to their potential dark sides. In so doing, we can likely avoid the neo-luddite dystopia espoused by [Joy 00] among others, while not blindly accepting the utopian perspectives representative of [Moravec 90] and [Kurzweil 06]. The question is simply, how do we create robotic technology that preserves our humanity and our societies’ values? under MURI Grant # N00014-08-1-0696.