Defense One: Military Robotics Makers See a Future for Armed Police Robots
As military-grade robotics get cheaper and more capable, someone will arm them and put them on American streets.
Robot-maker Sean Bielat says he’s fine with the Dallas Police Department’s apparently unprecedented use of a bomb-disposal robot to kill a gunman on Thursday. “A robot was used to keep people out of harm’s way in an extreme situation,” said Bielat, the CEO of Endeavor Robotics, a spinoff of iRobot’s military division. “That’s how robots are intended to be used.”
Joergen Pedersen, the CEO of RE2 robotics and the chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association’s robotics division concurred. “If these robots are used in manners for which they were unintended, we would expect that the officers who are there to keep citizens and themselves safe would use good judgment where the application of lethal force is a last resort,” he said.
On Sunday, speaking to Face the Nation, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings blessed the operation. “The chief had two options and he went with this one. I supported him completely because it was the safest way to approach it,” he said.
But some ethicists are worried.
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More News On The Debate Over The Police Using Robots
Use of police robot to kill Dallas shooting suspect believed to be first in US history -- The Guardian
Colorado bomb tech: Dallas robot tactic will be ‘studied’ -- FOX News
Everything we know about the bomb robot used by Dallas police -- Verge
How the Dallas Police Used an Improvised Killer Robot to Take Down the Gunman -- The Intercept
The Dallas Shooting and the Advent of Killer Police Robots -- David Graham, The Atlantic
Should Police Use Robots to Kill? -- Michael Nunez, Gizmodo
Killer Robot Used by Dallas Police Opens Ethical Debate -- AP
Why a Killer Robot Was Likely the Only Option For Dallas Police -- Wired
Using robots to kill: Ethics debated after Dallas -- Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY
A conversation on the ethics of Dallas police's bomb robot -- Paul Miller, Verge
The Legal and Ethical Ramifications of Letting Police Kill Suspects With Robots -- Jason Koebler, Motherboard
The ethics of a police robot bomb -- CBS
Police used a robot to kill -- The key questions -- Peter W. Singer, CNN
Why It's Legal for Police to Kill With a Robot -- Jeff John Roberts, Fortune
What does Dallas's 'bomb robot' mean for the future of policing? -- Simone McCarthy, CSM