Fairchild engineer Gordon Moore famously noted in 1965 that the pace of semiconductor power was increasing exponentially and was revolutionizing the semiconductor industry. It is clear that Moore's Law applies more generally to the increasingly rapid development of technology in the modern world, especially in the weapons and national security realm. What is less clear is whether our ethical and moral frameworks for the use of military force, formulated gradually over hundreds of years in a very different and less dynamic technological environment, are keeping pace with these revolutionary developments today? This NDISC roundtable brings together some of the leading thinkers about the ethics of new weapons technology to help us think smartly about the ethics of new weapons technologies.
Originally published at ndisc.nd.edu.