Are Robots Susceptible to Racial Bias?

Are Robots Susceptible to Racial Bias? On the implications of the Dallas Police Department’s unprecedented use of a lethal robot to kill a suspect. By Kristina Kutateli (Photo: Northrop Grumman) Last week, Dallas police killed gunman Micah Johnson — who fatally shot five officers during a Black Lives Matter protest—using a Northrop Grumman tactical robot, marking what is likely the first robot killing carried out by police in United States history. A statement issued by the Dallas Police Department said that they “utilized the mechanical tactical robot as a last resort,” and to “save the lives of officers and citizens.” But the use of a lethal robot for the purpose of killing a suspect ushers in a conundrum of new ethical and legal questions, and in the midst of criticisms of increasing…


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