Towards Machine Ethics: Implementing Two Action-Based Ethical Theories

Michael Anderson, Susan Leigh Anderson, Chris Armen

Machine ethics, in contrast to computer ethics, is concerned with the behavior of machines towards human users and other machines. It involves adding an ethical dimension to machines. Our increasing reliance on machine intelligence that effects change in the world can be dangerous without some restraint. We explore the implementation of two action-based ethical theories that might serve as a foundation for machine ethics and present details of prototype systems based upon them.

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