Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right from Wrong

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Oxford University Press, Nov 19, 2008 - Technology & Engineering - 288 pages
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Computers are already approving financial transactions, controlling electrical supplies, and driving trains. Soon, service robots will be taking care of the elderly in their homes, and military robots will have their own targeting and firing protocols. Colin Allen and Wendell Wallach argue that as robots take on more and more responsibility, they must be programmed with moral decision-making abilities, for our own safety. Taking a fast paced tour through the latest thinking about philosophical ethics and artificial intelligence, the authors argue that even if full moral agency for machines is a long way off, it is already necessary to start building a kind of functional morality, in which artificial moral agents have some basic ethical sensitivity. But the standard ethical theories don't seem adequate, and more socially engaged and engaging robots will be needed. As the authors show, the quest to build machines that are capable of telling right from wrong has begun. Moral Machines is the first book to examine the challenge of building artificial moral agents, probing deeply into the nature of human decision making and ethics.

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This serious, research-based look at creating moral and ethical frameworks for future machine systems is relevant to any study relating to the philosophy of technology. The idea of exponential growth ... Read full review

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Machines that look like people, fall in love, and wreck worlds may be on their way, Wallach (Ctr. for Bioethics, Yale Univ.) and Allen (history & philosophy of science, Indiana Univ.) suggest ... Read full review


Why Machine Morality?
Engineering Morality
Does Humanity Want Computers Making Moral Decisions?
Can Robots Really Be Moral?
Philosophers Engineers and the Design of AMAs
TopDown Morality
Merging TopDown and BottomUp
Beyond Vaporware?
Beyond Reason
A More HumanLike
Dangers Rights and Responsibilities
EpilogueRobot Minds and Human Ethics
Notes Bibliography

BottomUp and Developmental Approaches

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About the author (2008)

Wendell Wallach is a consultant and writer and is affiliated with Yale University's Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics. Colin Allen is a Professor of History & Philosophy of Science and of Cognitive Science at Indiana University

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