Allison Barrie, FoxNews.com writes:
"Military robots employing deception would hardly be the first subterfuge in warfare [...] Equipping robots with the ability to deceive each other -- not to mention humans -- is rife with ethical issues"
Blay Whitby replies:
Ronald Arkin of the Georgia Tech School of Interactive Computing is in the news for his application of decoy techniques, such as those used by squirrels, in robots. Arkin’s research, funded by the Office of Naval Research, will almost certainly eventually be applied in the form of deceitful military robots of various sorts.
In this article, Arkin is quoted as saying that ‘When these research ideas and results leak outside the military domain, significant ethical concerns can arise’. Arkin is certainly correct to say that this research raises many problematic ethical issues. However, he is far from correct to say that ethical issues arise only outside the military domain.