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dc.contributor.authorCoeckelbergh, Marken
dc.date.accessioned2016-04-19T14:09:48Z
dc.date.available2016-04-19T14:09:48Z
dc.date.issued2013-06
dc.identifier.citationCoeckelbergh, M. (2013) Drones, information technology, and distance: mapping the moral epistemology of remote fighting. Ethics and Information Technology, 15 (2), pp. 87-98en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2086/11944
dc.description.abstractEthical reflection on drone fighting suggests that this practice does not only create physical distance, but also moral distance: far removed from one’s opponent, it becomes easier to kill. This paper discusses this thesis, frames it as a moral-epistemological problem, and explores the role of information technology in bridging and creating distance. Inspired by a broad range of conceptual and empirical resources including ethics of robotics, psychology, phenomenology, and media reports, it is first argued that drone fighting, like other long-range fighting, creates epistemic and moral distance in so far as ‘screenfighting’ implies the disappearance of the vulnerable face and body of the opponent and thus removes moral-psychological barriers to killing. However, the paper also shows that this influence is at least weakened by current surveillance technologies, which make possible a kind of ‘empathic bridging’ by which the fighter’s opponent on the ground is re-humanized, re-faced, and re-embodied. This ‘mutation’ or unintended ‘hacking’ of the practice is a problem for drone pilots and for those who order them to kill, but revealing its moral-epistemic possibilities opens up new avenues for imagining morally better ways of technology-mediated fighting.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSpringeren
dc.subjectMilitary Roboticsen
dc.subjectDronesen
dc.subjectEthicsen
dc.subjectDistanceen
dc.subjectInformation Technologyen
dc.subjectPhenomenologyen
dc.titleDrones, information technology, and distance: Mapping the moral epistemology of remote fightingen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10676-013-9313-6
dc.researchgroupCentre for Computing and Social Responsibility
dc.peerreviewedYesen
dc.funderN/Aen
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dc.researchinstituteCentre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR)en


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