Creating moral buffers in weapon control interface design

Journal Article (Journal Article)

With the increasing presence of computing in all facets of life, the impact of computer-control on a user's sense of autonomy and moral responsibility and the responsibilities of designers when building such systems has become a topic of considerable ethical interest. This report outlines the ethical and social issues surrounding the design of human-computer interfaces that are designed for control of highly autonomous weapons systems. The argument is that when directing highly autonomous weapons through a human-computer interface that provides a virtual user-friendly world, moral buffers can be more easily created as a consequence of both psychological distancing and compartmentalization.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cummings, ML

Published Date

  • September 1, 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 23 / 3

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0278-0097

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1109/MTAS.2004.1337888

Citation Source

  • Scopus