Ethical and Societal Implications of Advances in Militarily Significant Technologies that are Rapidly Changing and Increasingly Globally Accessible

Project Status
May 26, 2015
Department of Defense
Final Report
Emerging and Readily Available Technologies and National Security
Authoring InstitutionComputer Science and Telecommunications Board; Board on Life Sciences; Committee on Science, Technology, and Law; Center for Engineering, Ethics, and Society; National Research Council; National Academy of Engineering
Publication DateJanuary 01, 2014

The National Academies will develop a consensus report on the topic of ethical, legal, and societal issues relating to research on, development, and use of increasingly globally accessible and rapidly-changing technologies with potential military application, such as information technologies, synthetic biology, and nanotechnology. The project is being led by the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board with assistance from the NAE Center for Engineering, Ethics, and Society. This report will articulate a framework for policy makers, institutions, and individual researchers to think about such issues as they relate to these technologies of military relevance and to the extent feasible make recommendations for how each of these groups should approach these considerations in their research activities. A final report would be issued within 21 months of the project start providing the National Research Council's findings and recommendations. For more information see the National Academies project webpage.