Fighting for the Ethical Use of Technology

Addressing ethical questions about the development and use of weapons technology advancements

Enhanced soldiers. Autonomous weapons systems. Ever-present surveillance. Across the globe weapons technology advancements seem to be developed at an astonishing rate. While these technologies hold great potential, it is critical to pause and address the questions of when and how these new advancements should be used.

Notre Dame alumnus, retired Air Force Major General, and former weapons developer Robert Latiff, Ph.D., is an adjunct professor teaching weapons ethics at the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values. As a part of the center's Emerging Technologies of National Security and Intelligenceinitiative, General Latiff is one of a group of interdisciplinary scholars bringing the moral and ethical implications of weapons technology to Notre Dame students in the classroom, and to the forefront of our national dialogue. Participants include military, intelligence, and academic experts with many specializations including ethics, international law, national security studies, and peace studies.

The Reilly Center, as a recognized leader in promoting and examining the advancement of science and technology in the pursuit of the common good, trains scholars and students to be a force for good in the world.

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