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On ethically aligned information fusion for defence and security systems

: Koch, W.


International Society of Information Fusion -ISIF-; Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers -IEEE-:
FUSION 2020, 23rd International Conference on Information Fusion : Took place 6-9 July 2020 as a virtual conference, Pretoria, South Africa
Piscataway, NJ: IEEE, 2020
ISBN: 978-0-578-64709-8
ISBN: 978-1-7281-6830-2
8 pp.
International Conference on Information Fusion (FUSION) <23, 2020, Online>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer FKIE ()

Research on Information Fusion does not consider whether and with what capabilities defense and security systems should be developed. Nor does it have to assess the ethical dimension of their use. Nevertheless, its tasks include systematically investigating technical options and limitations of such systems, researching methods for their use and control, advising users, and finally developing the required technology. At the same time, it must assess development risks associated with this technology at the technical level and estimate future development trends. Fusion research for defense and security therefore provides a factual basis which must be taken into account in any ethical evaluation. In this context, it is also necessary to consider what is substantially new about innovative technology compared to systems already in use. As concrete examples we consider armed drones and hazardous material localization in public spaces.