Ethics, Computer Simulation, and the Future of Humanity
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This chapter explores some of the key ethical issues impacting the field of computer modeling and simulation (M&S) in general and “human simulation” in particular. The first section discusses the “code of ethics” that has been adopted by many societies within the professional M&S community. The second section takes up several examples of computational models of human ethics and simulations for ethical training. The third section presents a meta-ethical framework for guiding ethical analysis within M&S; this framework is not a set of ethical guidelines, but a toolkit for guiding ethical decision-making in this interdisciplinary endeavor. In the fourth section, we ask: even if we can model the origin and destiny of humanity, does that mean we should? Finally, in the conclusion we issue an ethical challenge to M&S professionals.
KeywordsMeta-ethics Teleological ethics Deontological ethics Evolutionary ethics Bio-cultural evolution Religion Prediction
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