The threshold of killing drones: The modular turing imitation game

Asa Kasher*

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This chapter shows that an absolute ban on such drones would be unreasonable and the argument is going to rest on a discussion of the possibility of positing a threshold for the usage of such killing drones. It proposes the use of a Modular Generalized Imitation Game on the grounds of Turing’s Imitation Game. A suggestion has been made on the grounds of slippery slope arguments to ban usage of drones for killing people even if the decisions to kill are made by human operators. Turing’s Imitation Game was introduced as a theoretical framework for philosophical discussions of computers and their abilities as compared to human cognitive and other mental abilities. The chapter focuses on the discussion of the Responsibility Argument. It considers the Human Dignity Argument which actually directed against whoever has made the decision to use a computer rather than a human operator for targeted killing or similar military purposes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDrones and Responsibility
Subtitle of host publicationLegal, Philosophical and Socio-Technical Perspectives on Remotely Controlled Weapons
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781317147794
ISBN (Print)9781472456724
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016


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