At this early stage in the development of a philosophical machine ethics, already a wide range of theoretical positions have been staked out. There are machine ethics utilitarians, and of course proponents of approaches following Kant, Ross, and various virtue theorists, too. Further categorization yields top-down, bottom-up, and hybrid approaches. A consideration of the logic to be employed in machine ethics finds proponents of deontic logic, default logic, decision trees, and optimization heuristics, to name just a few. All in all, there has been a healthy dose of philosophizing about machine ethics since 1942. (That’s not an arbitrary date—Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics in the short story Runaround certainly inspired the philosophy of machine ethics, if only implicitly). And we’ve had a relative explosion of machine ethics in the last dozen or so years...


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Boltuc, Peter (Author)
Powers, Thomas M. (Author)
Sullins, John P. (Author)
Taddeo, Mariarosaria (Author)
Casanovas, Pompeu (Author)
Loui, Ronald P. (Author)
Davis, Felmon (Author)
Wittkower, D. E. (Author)

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