At War With The Robots: Autonomous Weapon Systems and the Martens Clause by Tyler D. Evans

The Three Laws of Robotics (“Three Laws”) are an elegant set of hierarchical rules that ethically and physically govern Isaac Asimov’s science fiction robots. The Three Laws are programmatically embedded in the robots’ “positronic brains,” and control their behavior and reasoning primarily to safeguard the human beings they were built to serve. The Three Laws—successful in fiction for their simplicity, novelty, and literary purposes—are ill suited for the contemporary military reality, and are generally regarded as an inadequate basis for machine ethics.

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