Philosophy and Technology 24 (3):239-249 (2011)

Abstract
Emerging technologies like robotics for war and peace stress our moral norms and generate much public interest and controversy. We use this interest to attract participants to an innovative on-line survey platform, designed for experimenting with public engagement in the ethics of technology. In particular, the N-Reasons platform addresses several issues in democratic ethics: the cost of public participation, the methodological issue of feasible reflective ethical equilibrium (how can individuals in a large group, take into account the ethical views of all others?), and the reliability of public participation processes. We sketch the motivation and design of the N-Reasons platform, stressing the need for a practical (fast, low-cost) instrument that makes equilibrium feasible. We focus on the Robot Ethics Survey that featured a set of nine ethical challenges raised by robotics for war and peace. Over 400 people in five disjoint groups participated in this on-line survey experiment. We analyze the results, both quantitatively and qualitatively, the participants’ decisions taken and the reasons supporting these decisions. Both decisions and reasons strongly distinguished lethal military robotics from peace-related robotics. Methodologically, both decisions and reasons over five distinct groups were remarkably consistent.
Keywords Applied ethics  Robot ethics  Public participation  Survey research  Mixed methods  Reflective equilibrium
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s)
DOI 10.1007/s13347-011-0025-8
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 60,826
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Prototyping N-Reasons: A Computer Mediated Ethics Machine.P. A. Danielson - 2011 - In M. Anderson S. Anderson (ed.), Machine Ethics. Cambridge Univ. Press. pp. 9.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

No Peace Without War, No War Without Peace : Deconstructing War.Nick Mansfield - 2008 - In Nicole Anderson & Katrina Schlunke (eds.), Cultural Theory in Everyday Practice. Oxford University Press.
Ethics of Peace and War.Henri Gigon - 1935 - London: Burns, Oates & Washbourne.
Public War and the Moral Equality of Combatants.Graham Parsons - 2012 - Journal of Military Ethics 11 (4):2012.
Kant's Ethics of War and Peace.Brian Orend - 2004 - Journal of Military Ethics 3 (2):161-177.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2011-05-11

Total views
37 ( #284,675 of 2,438,797 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #436,491 of 2,438,797 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes