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Corp Author National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Ethical and Societal Implications of Advances in Militarily Significant Technologies that are Rapidly Changing and Increasingly Globally Accessible, author.
Title Emerging and readily available technologies and national security : a framework for addressing ethical, legal, and societal issues / Jean-Lou Chameau, William F. Ballhaus, and Herbert S. Lin [editors] ; Committee on Ethical and Societal Implications of Advances in Militarily Significant Technologies that are Rapidly Changing and Increasingly Globally Accessible, Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, Board on Life Sciences, Committee on Science, Technology, and Law, Center for Engineering, Ethics, and Society Advisory Group, National Research Council and National Academy of Engineering of the National Academies.
Imprint Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, [2014]

Corp Author National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Ethical and Societal Implications of Advances in Militarily Significant Technologies that are Rapidly Changing and Increasingly Globally Accessible, author.
Subject Military research -- Moral and ethical aspects -- United States.
National security -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Armed Forces -- Technological innovations -- Moral and ethical aspects.
High technology.
Information technology.
Technological innovations -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Ethics, Research.
Technology Transfer.
Security Measures.
Military Science -- ethics.
Military Science -- legislation & jurisprudence.
Weapons -- ethics.
Weapons -- legislation & jurisprudence.
Alt Name Chameau, Jean-Lou,
Ballhaus, W. F., Jr. (William F.),
Lin, Herbert,
National Academy of Engineering. Center for Engineering, Ethics, and Society. Advisory Group,
National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Science, Technology, and Law,
Description 1 online resource (1 PDF file (xx, 328 pages))
Note Title from PDF title page.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references.
Summary Emerging and Readily Available Technologies and National Security is a study on the ethical, legal, and societal issues relating to the research on, development of, and use of rapidly changing technologies with low barriers of entry that have potential military application, such as information technologies, synthetic biology, and nanotechnology. The report also considers the ethical issues associated with robotics and autonomous systems, prosthetics and human enhancement, and cyber weapons. These technologies are characterized by readily available knowledge access, technological advancements that can take place in months instead of years, the blurring of lines between basic research and applied research, and a high uncertainty about how the future trajectories of these technologies will evolve and what applications will be possible. Emerging and Readily Available Technologies and National Security addresses topics such as the ethics of using autonomous weapons that may be available in the future; the propriety of enhancing the physical or cognitive capabilities of soldiers with drugs or implants or prosthetics; and what limits, if any, should be placed on the nature and extent of economic damage that cyber weapons can cause. This report explores three areas with respect to emerging and rapidly available technologies: the conduct of research; research applications; and unanticipated, unforeseen, or inadvertent ethical, legal, and societal issues. The report articulates a framework for policy makers, institutions, and individual researchers to think about issues as they relate to these technologies of military relevance and makes recommendations for how each of these groups should approach these considerations in its research activities. Emerging and Readily Available Technologies and National Security makes an essential contribution to incorporate the full consideration of ethical, legal, and societal issues in situations where rapid technological change may outpace our ability to foresee consequences.
Note Support for this project was provided by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency under Award Number HR0011-11-C-0038. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the organizations or agencies that provided support for the project.
Contents Framing the issues -- Foundational technologies -- Application domains -- Sources of ELSI insight -- An analytical framework for identifying ethical, legal, and societal issues -- Going beyond initial a priori analysis -- Mechanisms for addressing ethical, legal, and societal issues -- Findings and recommendations -- Appendixes : A. Committee members and staff -- B. Meeting agendas and participants -- C. Research and development organizations within the Department of Defense -- D. Established institutional mechanisms for addressing ethical, legal, and societal issues.
Note Version viewed Oct. 27, 2014.
ISBN 9780309293341
0309293340
9780309293358
0309293359
OCLC # 880451375
Additional Format Print version: Emerging and readily available technologies and national security : a framework for addressing ethical, legal and societal issues. Washington, District of Columbia : National Academies Press, ©2014 xx, 328 pages 9780309293341


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