PHIL 20632 Robot Ethics, Spring 2017
Don Howard
University of Notre Dame

Course Materials Other links


First Discussion Paper (Due February 27)

Second Discussion Paper (Due April 3)

Third Discussion Paper (Due May 10)

How to Keep a Good Journal

Robocop - "Only a Glitch"

The Autonomous Weapons Debate

Stuart Russell, "Lethal Autonomous Weapons"

Toby Walsh, "Killer Robots: The Third Revolution in Warfare"

Ronald Arkin, "The Case for Ethical Autonomy in Unmanned Systems"

Human Rights Watch, "Losing Humanity: The Case against Killer Robots"

Future of Life Institute - Open Letter on Autonomous Weapons

Don Howard, "In Defense of (Virtuous) Autonomous Weapons"

Department of Defense, Defense Science Board, "The Role of Autonomy in DoD Systems"

Zach Musgrave and Bryan Roberts, "Humans, Not Robots, Are the Real Reason Artificial Intelligence Is Scary"

Stephen Hawking, Stuart Russell, Max Tegmark, Frank Wilczek, "Transcendance looks at the implications of artificial intelligence - but are we taking AI seriously enough?"

"Ban Killer Robots before They Become Weapons of Mass Destruction"

Ralph Nader, "The Development of Full Artificial Intelligence Could Spell The End of The Human Race"

"The founder of Evernote made a great point about why AI (probably) won't kill us all"

"Here's the argument for banning killer robots before we're swarmed by them"

Gary Marcus, "Why We Should Think about the Threat of Artificial Intelligence"

Scientists Confident Artificially Intelligent Machines Can Be Programmed to Be Lenient Slave Masters

Vatican Statements

US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bishops' Pastoral, 1983, "War and Peace."

Vatican Statement on Drones, 14 November 2013

AI Singularity

Ray Kurzweil, "The Coming Singularity"

Neil deGrasse Tyson and Ray Kurzweil, "2029: Singularity Year"

Laurel Riek Papers

"The Social Co-Robotics Problem Space: Six Challenges"

"A Code of Ethics for the Human-Robot Interaction Profession"

Woody Hartzog Papers

"Do Robots Dream of Electric Laws? An Experiment in the Law as Algorithm."

"If you hate red-light cameras, you'll really hate speeding ticket robots."

"Computers Aren't Perfect Drivers or Policemen."

"Rise of Robots Means Rethinking Our Laws."

Patrick Lin Reading

"The Ethics of Saving Lives With Autonomous Cars Are Far Murkier Than You Think"

Mark Mills and Don Howard

Mark Mills and Don Howard, Punch the Accelerator on Self-Driving Cars

Martine Rothblatt

"What are Mindclones?"

Displacement of Human Labor by Robots

Derek Thompson, "A World Without Work"



Miranda et al. DARPA-funded efforts in the development of novel brain–computer interface technologies


Hampson et al. A Nonlinear Model for Hippocampal Cognitive Prosthesis: Memory Facilitation by Hippocampal Ensemble Stimulation


Hampson et al. Closing the Loop for Memory Prosthesis: Detecting the Role of Hippocampal Neural Ensembles Using Nonlinear Models


Genetic Algorithms

Neural Nets


Neural Nets and Google Translate


Deep Neural Networks Tutorial


Neural Networks and Deep Learning

Neural Net Simulator

DARPA Robotics Grand Challenge - Finals 2015

Korea Team KAIST - DRC Winner

DARPA videos

"Meet Atlas"


"Obstacle navigation":

DARPA Legged Squad support system

LS3 Follow Tight

Big Dog

Little Dog




X-47B Historic Drone Carrier Landing

MQ-9 Reaper UAV Predator

Emotional Robots



David Hanson robots

Hanson-UCSD Einstein Robot

Japanese humanoid robot, Actroid-F

Leonardo I

Leonardo II

Robots that Show Emotion


Robot Baby Learns How to Express Human Emotions

Walking Robots

HRP-4C Miim's Human-like Walking

HRP-4C & HRP-2 Promet

Driverless Cars

New Google Video on the Purpose-built Google SDC

The Moral Challenges of Driverless Cars

Self-driving Car Test: Steve Mahan

Google Driverless Car Punks NYC

A Look inside Google's Driverless Car

Ride in Mercedes's F 015 Driverless Car | Molly Wood | The New York Times

Audi A7 Driverless Car Amazing Video Commercial 2014

Riding in Uber's Self-Driving Car

Inside Uber's Self-Driving Car - WIRED

Federal Automated Vehicles Policy

Phalanx CIWS

Phalanx Close-In Weapon System Takes Out Air and Surface Threats


Israeli Iron Dome System

Iron Dome Shoots Down 15 Rockets in One Strike

Israel's Iron Dome: Shooting Down Rockets

British Brimstone System

Brimstone Missile Defeats Swarming Boats- Anti FIAC

Brimstone "Sea Spear" Missile Salvo Firing Demonstration

The Brimstone in 60 Seconds

Israeli Harpy Drone


IAI Harop Drone

Samsung SGR-1 Sentry Robot

Samsung SGR-1 - Security Guard Robot

Robots in Patient Care

Elder Care Robot Trial Video 2, Stationary View

Service robots in nursing homes: Care-O-bot 3 and CASERO

Robotic home assistant Care-O-bot 3: assisted teleoperation

Other Robots

Micro- and Nanorobots

Robot Guard Balls

Snake Robots

Tesla's Robot Snake Charger


Paro Robotic Seal

Mind-controlled prosthetic leg

Building a Tesla Model S

The Uncanny Valley

What Is the Uncanny Valley?

Rates of Death in War

Other Media

Daniel Suarez. "The Kill Decision Shouldn't Belong to a Robot." (TED talk)

Kate Darling. "Is It OK to Torture a Robot?"

Robot Cartoons

Part dog, part Roomba

Robot Music

Flight Of The Conchords - The Humans Are Dead

The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1 [Official Music Video]

Kraftwerk - Die Roboter

Daft Punk - Robot Rock

Connie Francis - Robot Man


Combat Videos


"Apache Rules the Night"

Artificial Intelligence


The Intelligence Explosion