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Warfare and the Humanities: Ethics of Robotics Revolution

The Division of the Humanities at Howard University announces its forthcoming annual Common Text project and series of Collaborative Research Roundtables for spring 2013. This year's organizers have planned a series of events to highlight both moral and ethical issues raised in the Division's featured common text: P. W. Singer's Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century. Singer's well timed work examines as yet unforeseen moral dilemmas stemming from increased reliance upon the use of predator drones in warfare. The best-selling book explores how science fiction has started to play out on modern day battlefields, with robots used more and more in war. Dependence upon this technology has arguably thrust us in the midst of a great moral revolution that is heightened by the ability to kill one another with astonishing convenience and anonymity.

A spirited discussion of the 2004 science-fiction action film, "I Robot," and the PBS documentary, "Rise of the Drones," will be moderated by Dr. Greg Carr, Chair of African American Studies and Dr. Gregory Jenkins, Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, will serve as discussion moderators.

Location: Room 105 Locke Hall
Price: Free
Sponsor: The Division of the Humanities at Howard University
Contact: Dr. Vernessa White-Jackson
(202) 806-4119
Feb 2013
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