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The Legal and Ethical Limits of Technological Warfare: Ethics of War Panel
Unmanned drones, cruise missiles, automated weapons, even armed robot warriors. Emerging technologies make it possible to conduct “clinical strikes” that limit civilian deaths, and even “remote warfare” that might lead to reductions in combatant casualties. What are the ethics of waging war from a safe distance? Who is responsible for decision-making? Do different rules of autonomy and accountability apply? If so, who is drafting these new rules of armed conflict and how will they be enforced?