Ethics and Information Technology

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 197–206

Artificial moral agents are infeasible with foreseeable technologies

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10676-014-9345-6

Cite this article as:
Hew, P.C. Ethics Inf Technol (2014) 16: 197. doi:10.1007/s10676-014-9345-6


For an artificial agent to be morally praiseworthy, its rules for behaviour and the mechanisms for supplying those rules must not be supplied entirely by external humans. Such systems are a substantial departure from current technologies and theory, and are a low prospect. With foreseeable technologies, an artificial agent will carry zero responsibility for its behavior and humans will retain full responsibility.


Artificial agentMoral agentEthical agentMoral responsibilityAutomationRobotics

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Defence Science and Technology OrganisationRockingham DCAustralia