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Profile: John P. Sullins (Sonoma State University)
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    John P. Sullins (2010). Robowarfare: Can Robots Be More Ethical Than Humans on the Battlefield? [REVIEW] Ethics and Information Technology 12 (3):263-275.
    Telerobotically operated and semiautonomous machines have become a major component in the arsenals of industrial nations around the world. By the year 2015 the United States military plans to have one-third of their combat aircraft and ground vehicles robotically controlled. Although there are many reasons for the use of robots on the battlefield, perhaps one of the most interesting assertions are that these machines, if properly designed and used, will result in a more just and ethical implementation of warfare. This (...)
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    John P. Sullins (2006). When is a Robot a Moral Agent. International Review of Information Ethics 6 (12):23-30.
    In this paper Sullins argues that in certain circumstances robots can be seen as real moral agents. A distinction is made between persons and moral agents such that, it is not necessary for a robot to have personhood in order to be a moral agent. I detail three requirements for a robot to be seen as a moral agent. The first is achieved when the robot is significantly autonomous from any programmers or operators of the machine. The second is when (...)
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    John P. Sullins (2016). Understanding Beliefs, by Nils J. Nilsson. Teaching Philosophy 39 (1):103-106.
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    John P. Sullins (2013). Silicone Carnage. The Philosophers' Magazine 62 (62):120-121.
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    John P. Sullins (2011). Introduction: Open Questions in Roboethics. Philosophy and Technology 24 (3):233-238.
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    John P. Sullins (2013). Drones in the Crosshairs. The Philosophers' Magazine 63:118-120.
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    John P. Sullins (2005). Ethics and Artificial Life: From Modeling to Moral Agents. [REVIEW] Ethics and Information Technology 7 (3):139-148.
    Artificial Life (ALife) has two goals. One attempts to describe fundamental qualities of living systems through agent based computer models. And the second studies whether or not we can artificially create living things in computational mediums that can be realized either, virtually in software, or through biotechnology. The study of ALife has recently branched into two further subdivisions, one is “dry” ALife, which is the study of living systems “in silico” through the use of computer simulations, and the other is (...)
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    John P. Sullins (2002). Building Simple Mechanical Minds: Using Lego Robots for Research and Teaching in Philosophy. In James Moor & Terrell Ward Bynum (eds.), Metaphilosophy. Blackwell Pub. 110-122.
    Introduces the use of Lego Robots for use in research and teaching in philosophy. Potential uses include using the machines as pedagogical tools for teaching introductory ideas in cognitive robotics, philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of Artificial Intelligence. Describes the strength and potential pitfalls of introducing this technology to the classroom.
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