This research project is initiated and coordinated by the John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values.
Emerging Technologies of National Security and Intelligence (ETNSI)
While the morality and legality of warfare have been studied extensively through the ages, the last years of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st century have brought significant shifts in the nature of war and conflict. The research program, initiated by the Reilly Center, considers the recent evolution of new technologies of warfare and intelligence gathering and the ethical, legal, and policy implications of their employment. Participants include military, intelligence, and academic experts with widely varying specializations including ethics, international law, national security studies, and peace studies.
The Reilly Center is a participating center in the Consortium of Emerging Technologies of Military Operations and National Security (CETMONS) and hosts the annual conference for the International Society of Military Ethics (ISME).
Our ETNSI initiative has been featured in one of the University of Notre Dame's "What Would You Fight For?" commercials. Click here to watch the video and learn more about our collaboration with the US Navy.
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Robot Ethics (Fall 2013)
Robots or “autonomous systems” play an ever-increasing role in many areas, from weapons systems and driverless cars to health care and consumer services. As a result, it is ever more important to ask whether it makes any sense to speak of such systems’ behaving ethically and how we can build into their programming what some call “ethics modules.” After a brief technical introduction to the field, this course will approach these questions through contemporary philosophical literature on robot ethics and through popular media, including science fiction text and video.
Instructor: Don Howard, Department of Philosophy; Director of the Reilly Center
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Ethics of Emerging Weapons Technology (Spring 2013)
This course explores the ethical challenges posed by the ongoing revolution in the technology of war. After learning about some general, philosophical approaches to ethical decision making, we will examine a wide range of new weapons technologies, from "smart" bombs, drones, and robots to em (electromagnetic) weapons, cyberwar, and bio-enhancement, asking the question whether the existing framework of Just War Theory and the Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC) are adequate for war as it will be fought in the 21st century.
Instructors: Charles Pence, History and Philosophy of Science Program and Maj. Gen (Ret.) Robert Latiff, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar, Reilly Center
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(Click here for past events)
Reilly Forum: "Confronting Automated Law Enforcement"
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 from3:30 - 4:30 PM in 106 O'Shaughnessy
With Woodrow Hartzog (Assistant Professor, Cumberland School of Law, Samford University)
See abstract and poster
Ethics Cafe: "How Businesses Can Promote Cyber Peace"
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 from 3:00 – 4:00 PM in 201 O'Shaughnessy
With Scott Shackelford (Assistant Professor of Business Law and Ethics at Indiana University and a fall 2013 fellow with the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study)
See here for more details