Wendell Wallach talking about UAVs

The following interview I did for WE_NATO and their smart defence concept.

I was lucky to speak again with Wendell Wallach. He is a consultant, lecturer and scholar at Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics. For the past seven years he has chaired the Center’s working research group on Technology and Ethics. Mr. Wallach’s research focuses upon the ethical, societal and public policy challenges posed by emerging technologies (intelligent systems and robotics, neuroscience, nanotechnology, genomics, synthetic biology, and regenerative medicine). He co-authored (with Colin Allen) Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right From Wrong (Oxford University Press, 2009).

The interview is mainly about how to define guidelines for the usage of robotoc weaponary.
At the end Wendell is asking NATO some precise questions …

Sorry for the poor sound quality, we did the entire thing voa SKYPE, not using any headsets.
But I think it’s manageable if you don’t run it on high volume


Today we launched a new website for NATO in Brussels. It’s called WE_NATO – a wordpress blog on which NATO plans to have an eye level conversation with netizens out there in the web on various topics. It’s a new approach for NATO in the up-run to the NATO Summit in Chicago in May 2012 with formats such as livestreams, videointerviews and liveblogging. We will invite various people from the Internet world to contribute and participate.

Here is a short interview we produced for the launch – besides the offical NATO statement from Dr. Stefanie Babst, Head of Public Diplomacy – to give you some insights into what the major challenges are and what to expect.