, Volume 26, Issue 4, pp 329-337
Date: 18 Jan 2011

Advocating an ethical memory model for artificial companions from a human-centred perspective

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This paper considers the ethical implications of applying three major ethical theories to the memory structure of an artificial companion that might have different embodiments such as a physical robot or a graphical character on a hand-held device. We start by proposing an ethical memory model and then make use of an action-centric framework to evaluate its ethical implications. The case that we discuss is that of digital artefacts that autonomously record and store user data, where this data are used as a resource for future interaction with users.