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Toward a General Logicist Methodology for Engineering Ethically Correct Robots

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3 Author(s)
Bringsjord, S. ; Rensselaer Polytech. Inst., Troy, NY ; Arkoudas, K. ; Bello, P.

As intelligent machines assume an increasingly prominent role in our lives, there seems little doubt they eventually be called on to make important, ethically charged decisions. We think formal logic offers a way to preclude doomsday scenarios of malicious robots taking over the world. Faced with the challenge of engineering ethically correct robots, we propose a logic-based approach. We've successfully implemented and demonstrated this approach. We present it in a general methodology to answer the ethical questions that arise in entrusting robots with more and more of our welfare. A deontic logic formalizes a moral code, allowing ethicists to render theories and dilemmas in declarative form for analysis. It offers a way for human overseers to constrain robot behavior in ethically sensitive environments

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