Protomoral Machines: The Evolution of Morality as a Guideline for Robot Ethics

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There are two connected questions about moral agency and robots: How can we ensure that robots behave in accordance with relevant ethical considerations? Is it possible to have genuinely moral machines? I will approach these questions from an evolutionary perspective and argue for the importance of a middle-range perspective on the morality of machines: we should neither be restricted to the present-day perspective of current ethical concerns nor to the far future theoretical issues concerning the possibility of genuine morality. Instead, we should reflect on what it would mean to create protomoral machines. The evolution of human morality may help in this.
Translated title of the contributionProtomoraaliset koneet: Moraalin evoluutio mallina robottietiikassa
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCulturally Sustainable Social Robotics : Proceedings of Robophilosophy 2020
EditorsMarco Nørskov, Johanna Seibt, Oliver Santiago Quick
Number of pages10
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherIOS PRESS
Publication date2020
ISBN (Print)9781643681542
ISBN (Electronic)9781643681559
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameFrontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISSN (Print)0922-6389
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8314

Fields of Science

  • 611 Philosophy

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