Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right from Wrong

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Oxford University Press, Oct 13, 2008 - Computers - 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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User Review  - Emily Brown - Goodreads

As much as this sounds like an interesting topic, I cannot get into ethics. I do see the need now for this to be discussed. Read full review

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Humanity does not yet have a clear understanding about the impact that the technology of robotics will have, once it starts exploding anywhere between 10 and 20 years from now. Robots will be the ... Read full review

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
INTRODUCTION
Chapter 1WHY MACHINE MORALITY?
Chapter 2ENGINEERING MORALITY
Chapter 3DOES HUMANITY WANT COMPUTERS MAKING MORAL DECISIONS?
Chapter 4CAN ROBOTS REALLY BE MORAL?
Chapter 5PHILOSOPHERS ENGINEERS AND THE DESIGN OF AMAS
Chapter 6TOPDOWN MORALITY
Chapter 9BEYOND VAPORWARE?
Chapter 10BEYOND REASON
Chapter 11A MORE HUMANLIKE AMA
Chapter 12DANGERS RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
EPILOGUERO BOT MINDS AND HUMAN ETHICS
NOTES
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX

Chapter 7BOTTOMUP AND DEVELOPMENTAL APPROACHES
Chapter 8MERGING TOP DOWN AND BOTTOM UP

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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

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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