Moral Machines?

TitleMoral Machines?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsPritchard, M
JournalScience & Engineering Ethics
Date Published2012
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number13533452
KeywordsAlgorithms , ARISTOTLE , Artificial , CRITICAL , Deontologists , design , ethics , JUDGMENT , Kantians , Moral , Morally , Plural , Robot , ROBOTICS , ROBOTS , utilitarian , UTILITARIANISM
AbstractWendell Wallach and Colin Allen's Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right From Wrong (Oxford University Press, 2009) explores efforts to develop machines that, not only can be employed for good or bad ends, but which themselves can be held morally accountable for what they do- artificial moral agents (AMAs). This essay is a critical response to Wallach and Allen's conjectures. Although Wallach and Allen do not suggest that we are close to being able to create full-fledged AMAs, they do talk seriously about making incremental progress in the direction of creating them (even if we never fully succeed). However, there are important questions about the moral development of AMAs that Moral Machines does not address. Given the responsibilities entrusted to human moral agents, we take questions about their moral development very seriously. In the case of children, the hope is that eventually they will develop into full-fledged moral agents. How might we expect this to go with less than fully formed AMAs? Will there be a comparable story of moral development and moral education that we can tell? 
NotesPritchard, Michael 1; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: Department of Philosophy, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo 49008 USA; Source Info: Jun2012, Vol. 18 Issue 2, p411; Subject Term: ALGORITHMS; Subject Term: ROBOTS; Subject Term: ROBOTICS; Subject Term: UTILITARIANISM; Subject Term: ETHICS; Author-Supplied Keyword: Algorithms; Author-Supplied Keyword: Aristotle; Author-Supplied Keyword: Artificial moral agent; Author-Supplied Keyword: Critical thinkers; Author-Supplied Keyword: Deontologists; Author-Supplied Keyword: Design; Author-Supplied Keyword: Judgment; Author-Supplied Keyword: Kantians; Author-Supplied Keyword: Moral agent; Author-Supplied Keyword: Moral development; Author-Supplied Keyword: Moral machine; Author-Supplied Keyword: Moral robot; Author-Supplied Keyword: Morally charged system; Author-Supplied Keyword: Plural subject; Author-Supplied Keyword: Robot; Author-Supplied Keyword: Utilitarian; Number of Pages: 7p; Document Type: Book Review