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

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Artificial agentMoral agentEthical agentMoral responsibilityAutomationRobotics

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© Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Australia 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Defence Science and Technology OrganisationRockingham DCAustralia