Can we Develop Artificial Agents Capable of Making Good Moral Decisions?
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Can an artificial moral agent (AMA) qualify as a legitimate moral agent or, for that matter, as any kind of “agent” at all? Is an autonomous system (AS) capable of satisfying the conditions required for (genuine) autonomous behavour? Questions pertaining to agency and autonomy—whether viewed as distinct concepts or as notions that are inextricably linked—have traditionally been the province of philosophers and ethicists. More recently, these questions have also piqued the interest of many computer scientists and engineers, as some issues in the emerging fields of “artificial morality” and “machine ethics” overlap with concerns associated with the field of artificial intelligence (AI). However, a cluster of “practical” issues affecting AMA development also arise. These include questions about which kinds of policies should inform and guide the development of AMAs, and about how much decision-making responsibility should be given to these systems. In Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right...
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