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Space War and AI

Artificial Intelligence and Global Security

ISBN: 978-1-78973-812-4, eISBN: 978-1-78973-811-7

Publication date: 15 July 2020


New technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), have helped us begin to take our first steps off Earth and into outer space. But conflicts inevitably will arise and, in the absence of settled governance, may be resolved by force, as is typical for new frontiers. But the terrestrial assumptions behind the ethics of war will need to be rethought when the context radically changes, and both the environment of space and the advent of robotic warfighters with superhuman capabilities will constitute such a radical change. This essay examines how new autonomous technologies, especially dual-use technologies, and the challenges to human existence in space will force us to rethink the ethics of war, both from space to Earth, and in space itself.



Abney, K.A. (2020), "Space War and AI", Masakowski, Y.R. (Ed.) Artificial Intelligence and Global Security, Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 63-79.



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