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Warring with Machines: Military applications of AI and the relevance of Virtue Ethics


Artificial intelligence plays an ever-expanding role in the context of war. The project Warring with Machines: Military applications of AI and the relevance of Virtue Ethics constitutes an inquiry into the conditions of human morality in AI-human interaction. It aims to determine how the moral integrity and agency of military personnel may be preserved and enhanced when artificial intelligence is implemented in practices of war. The project will pursue this goal from the perspectives of virtue ethics, philosophy of action and mind, and applied military ethics in close dialogue with institutional stakeholders as well as technologists and representatives from cognitive neuroscience. Its three research questions are as follows: (1) How does AI technology change the way we think about the moral character of military personnel? (2) How can we understand the nature of AI technology/tools, and how do these tools change the moral and psychological conditions for virtuous behavior? (3) What does "virtuous human-AI interaction" mean in different parts of the military? The project is built up around a unique institutional collaboration between leading national and international research institutions within the fields of military ethics, the philosophy of mind, and artificial intelligence research, as well as key military training institutions and technology manufacturers.

Project leader: Gregory Reichberg

Started: 2020

Ends: 2023

Category: Nasjonale samfunnsvitenskapelige institutter

Sector: Instituttsektor

Budget: 11907000


Address: Oslo