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3 Author(s)
Allen, C. ; Dept. of History & Philos. of Sci., Indiana Univ., Bloomington, IN ; Wallach, W. ; Smit, I.

Machine ethics isn't merely science fiction; it's a topic that requires serious consideration, given the rapid emergence of increasingly complex autonomous software agents and robots. Machine ethics is an emerging field that seeks to implement moral decision-making faculties in computers and robots. We already have semiautonomous robots and software agents that violate ethical standards as a matter of course. In the case of AI and robotics, fearful scenarios range from the future takeover of humanity by a superior form of AI to the havoc created by endlessly reproducing nanobots

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Intelligent Systems, IEEE  (Volume:21 ,  Issue: 4 )

Date of Publication:

July-Aug. 2006

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