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Incremental Machine Ethics

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Powers, T.M. ; Univ. of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA

Approaches to programming ethical behavior for computer systems face challenges that are both technical and philosophical in nature. In response, an incrementalist account of machine ethics is developed: a successive adaptation of programmed constraints to new, morally relevant abilities in computers. This approach allows progress under conditions of limited knowledge in both ethics and computer systems engineering and suggests reasons that we can circumvent broader philosophical questions about computer intelligence and autonomy.

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Robotics & Automation Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:18 ,  Issue: 1 )