We are in the midst of a robotics revolution that is beginning to move the control of many processes out of human hands. Such advances can help to make our lives better by taking care of dull, dirty, and dangerous tasks, increasing productivity and helping to mitigate the impacts of natural disasters and assisting humanity in general. But we must be wary of the challenges and ethical risks that more automation poses to our humanity.
As we increasingly delegate important decisions to machines, we must ask:
•What aspects of human life do we want to automate?
•Are there essentially human decisions that we wish to keep firmly in human hands? ICRAC wishes to draw a bold red line and keep one such decision, the decision to apply violent force, out of the automated realm: We must not delegate the decision to kill to machines.