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In this architecture, the overt robotic response is defined as ρ∈P, the behavioral response of the agent to a given situation Si (where P is the set of all possible responses). To ensure an ethical response, the following must hold: {∀ ρ | ρ ∉ Pl-unethical} where Pl-unethical denotes the set of all unethical lethal responses (i.e., any lethal response must not be unethical). Formally, the role of the governor is to ensure that an overt lethal response ρlethal-ij for a given situation is ethical, by confirming that it is either within the response set Pl-ethical or is prevented from being executed by mapping an unethical ρlethal-ij either onto the null response ø (thus ensuring that it is ethically permissible) or onto an alternative ethically acceptable response. ρlethal-ij denotes the specific lethal response j (e.g., weapon discharge) for a given situation i. If the ethical governor needs to intervene, it must send a notification to the robot’s deliberative system in order to permit replanning at either a tactical or mission level as appropriate, and to advise the operator of a potential ethical infraction of a constraint or constraints ck in the ethical constraint set C.