Towards Machine Ethics

Michael Anderson, Susan Leigh Anderson, and Chris Armen

We contend that the ethical ramifications of machine behavior, as well as recent and potential developments in machine autonomy, necessitate adding an ethical dimension to at least some machines. We lay the theoretical foundation for machine ethics by discussing the rationale for, the feasibilty of, and the benefits of adding an ethical dimension to machines. Finally, we present details of prototype systems and motivate future work.


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