Carley Tonoli is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne, based in the Philosophy Program.
Her research focuses on the ethics of emerging technologies, and her current work looks at emerging military technologies, their ethical implications, and potential consequences for humanity and the future of war. Carley’s research is informed by her previous work and studies in the fields of applied ethics, IT, journalism, and communications.
Throughout the past decade, Carley has earned a Bachelor of Communications (PR and Journalism) and a Masters degree in Professional and Applied Ethics. During this time she has also worked for a number of non-profit, government, and charitable organisations in communications, media, and research roles.
ABSTRACT: Future War: Faceless Warriors and Empty Battlefields
The hardest choices require the strongest wills. Avengers: Infinity Wars
Theatres of war are always radically changed by the introduction of new technologies—from guns, tanks and planes, to precision guided missiles, drones, and cyber warfare. Emerging military technologies currently in development are set to transform the battlefields of the future into human-less and humane-less arenas, dominated by robots, autonomous weapons, artificial intelligence, and augmented soldiers. Before we venture further into this novel technological territory, it is vital that we reflect on the nature and ethical principles of war, and how these emerging technologies may erode many of the democratic values we fight to uphold. In this presentation, I will sketch a picture of what future, technologically driven war is expected to look like. Based on this picture, I will highlight a number of ethical, legal, and political issues we must address if we are to embrace these technologies. Is it right for an algorithm to decide to take a life? Who becomes the target when there are no longer live battlefields with opposing armies full of soldiers? Without a human face, does war primarily become an economic battle, where justice and righteousness are at risk of being overcome by wealth of nations?
Carley enjoys applying her knowledge and skills in pursuit of social justice, and community welfare initiatives.