Engineering Better Ethics into Human and Artificial Cognitive Systems
Evolutionary ethics presents a hypothesis for understanding ethics as an evolved social behavior which develops according to the advantages or disadvantages it creates for an individual in its environment. Using this framework, designers of human or artificial cognitive systems can identify the ethical standards they wish to follow and their system to promote, and design into the system the legal, social, or prudential incentives or disincentives to promote the desired choice of ethical standards.
KeywordsEthics Evolutionary ethics Human system design Artificial cognitive system design
The author would like to Dr. Ali E. Abbas of the Neely Center for Ethical Leadership and Decision Making at the University of Southern California for prompting and supporting my thinking and writing on this topic, and Dr. Ronald A. Howard of Stanford University for his insights which spurred my ethical inquiries beginning forty years ago.
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