Morality For Machines

Jun 11 2012 @ 11:42am

Author Daniel H. Wilson imagines how ethics might change once robot implants are possible for humans:

Along the same lines, as we trust robots more and more, we may require a new moral framework:

Should a drone fire on a house where a target is known to be hiding, which may also be sheltering civilians? Should a driverless car swerve to avoid pedestrians if that means hitting other vehicles or endangering its occupants? Should a robot involved in disaster recovery tell people the truth about what is happening if that risks causing a panic? Such questions have led to the emergence of the field of “machine ethics”, which aims to give machines the ability to make such choices appropriately—in other words, to tell right from wrong.