• Alexander Nordal Behrndtz
4. term, Techno-Anthropology, Master (Master Programme)
With the advances within autonomous technologies, it is no longer hard to believe, that Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS) could become a standard in active warzones in a near future, if not tomorrow. The introduction and evolvement of drone technology, machine-learning, improved A.I., and other contemporary information- and communication technologies (ICTs), the possibilities of war-machines have reached an all new high. But as should be evident by now, these possibilities have led to hard questions and impasses have emerged. The effects of these new technologies are not only moral, ethical, and technical, but also legal, phenomenological, social, psychological, political, and much more. The challenges emerging around these technologies can truly be labeled as wicked , with no single solution or simple answer available. Central to the discussion are the issues of responsibility and accountability. Who stands responsible when technology acts on its own? What happens if a technological system behaves and decides for itself in unpredictable or (in the eyes of humans) in illogical ways? Will robots one day stand themselves in front of a court for their actions or is responsibility inherently human? This thesis is not an attempt at solving all of the controversies surrounding autonomous weapons technologies. This thesis is an attempt to examine and discern how some of these debates about autonomous technologies are understood, represented, and discussed. This is all done in an attempt to further the understanding of the consequences of what these technologies might bring, as well as how to face some of these effects. This is done by first applying an Actor-Network Theoretical lens to understand and investigate the relations and worlds of autonomous weapons systems. On the background of this analysis, an postphenomenological embodied analysis is then applied to better understand how these technological relations mediate human understanding and action.
Publication date4 Sept 2020
Number of pages69
ID: 344180845