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Machine Ethics and Robot Ethics

Book edited by Wendell Wallach and Peter Asaro.
Published by Routledge.
552 pages.

Once the stuff of science fiction, recent progress in artificial intelligence, robotics, and machine learning means that these rapidly advancing technologies are finally coming into widespread use within everyday life. Such rapid development in these areas also brings with it a host of social, political and legal issues, as well as a rise in public concern and academic interest in the ethical challenges these new technologies pose. This volume is a collection of scholarly work from leading figures in the development of both robot ethics and machine ethics; it includes essays of historical significance which have become foundational for research in these two new areas of study, as well as important recent articles. The research articles selected focus on the control and governance of computational systems; the exploration of ethical and moral theories using software and robots as laboratories or simulations; inquiry into the necessary requirements for moral agency and the basis and boundaries of rights; and questions of how best to design systems that are both useful and morally sound. Collectively the articles ask what the practical ethical and legal issues, arising from the development of robots, will be over the next twenty years and how best to address these future considerations.

Series: The Library of Essays on the Ethics of Emerging Technologies

Table of Contents

Appendix 1: Research Priorities for Robust and Beneficial Artificial Intelligence: an Open Letter
Appendix 2: Research Priorities for Robust and Beneficial Artificial Intelligence

Part 1: Laying Foundations

  • Clarke, R. (1993). Asimov’s Laws of Robotics: Implications for Information Technology (1). IEEE Computer, 26(12), 53-61.
  • Clarke, R. (1994). Asimov’s Laws of Robotics: Implications for Information Technology (2). IEEE Computer, 227(1), 57-66.
  • Allen, C., Varner, G., & Zinser, J. (2000). Prolegomena to Any Future Artificial Moral Agent. Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence, 12, 251-261.
  • Nissenbaum, H. (2001). How Computer Systems Embody Values. Computer, 34(3), 118-119.
  • Bostrom, N. (2003). The Ethical Issues of Advanced Artificial Intelligence. Paper presented at the IIAS 2003, Baden Baden, GE, In Smit, S., Wallach, W. and Lasker, L. (eds.) Cognitive, Emotive and Ethical Aspects of Decision Making in Humans and In Artificial Intelligence, Vol 11, IIAS P. 12-17.

Part 2: Robot Ethics

  • Veruggio, G., & Operto, F. (2006). Roboethics: a Bottom-up Interdisciplinary Discourse in the Field of Applied Ethics in Robotics. International Review of Information Ethics, 6, 2-8.
  • Asaro, P. (2006). What Should We Want from a Robot Ethic? International Review of Information Ethics, 6, 10-16.
  • Sparrow, Robert. “The turing triage test.” Ethics and Information Technology 6.4 (2004): 203-213.
  • Turkle, Sherry. “A nascent robotics culture: New complicities for companionship.” American Association for Artificial Intelligence AAAI. 2006.
  • Coeckelbergh, Mark. “Moral appearances: Emotions, robots, and human morality.” Ethics and Information Technology 12.3 (2010): 235-241.
  • Borenstein, Jason, and Yvette Pearson. “Robot caregivers: harbingers of expanded freedom for all?” Ethics and information technology 12.3 (2010): 277-288.
  • Vallor, Shannon. “Carebots and caregivers: Sustaining the ethical ideal of care in the twenty-first century.” Philosophy & Technology 24.3 (2011): 251-268.
  • Sharkey, Noel, and Amanda Sharkey. “The crying shame of robot nannies: an ethical appraisal.” Interaction Studies 11.2 (2010): 161-190.
  • van Wynsberghe, Aimee. “Designing robots for care: Care centered value-sensitive design.” Science and engineering ethics 19.2 (2013): 407-433.
  • Sullins, John P. “Robots, Love, and Sex: The Ethics of Building a Love Machine.” Affective Computing, IEEE Transactions on 3.4 (2012): 398-409.
  • Malle, B., and Matthias Scheutz. “Moral Competence in Social Robots.” IEEE International Symposium on Ethics in Engineering, Science, and Technology, Chicago. 2014.

Part 3: Machine Ethics

  • Moor, James H. “The nature, importance, and difficulty of machine ethics.” Intelligent Systems, IEEE 21.4 (2006): 18-21.
  • Anderson, Michael, and Susan Leigh Anderson. “Machine ethics: Creating an ethical intelligent agent.” AI Magazine 28.4 (2007): 15-26.
  • Wallach, Wendell, Colin Allen, and Iva Smit. “Machine morality: Bottom-up and top-down approaches for modelling human moral faculties.” Ai & Society 22.4 (2008): 565-582.
  • McDermott, Drew. “Why ethics is a high hurdle for AI.” North American conference on computing and philosophy. Bloomington, Indiana. 2008.
  • Powers, Thomas M. “Prospects for a Kantian machine.” Intelligent Systems, IEEE 21.4 (2006): 46-51.
  • Guarini, Marcello. “Particularism and generalism: how AI can help us to better understand moral cognition.” Machine ethics: Papers from the 2005 AAAI Fall symposium. 2005.
  • Bringsjord, S., Arkoudas, K., & Bello, P. (2006). “Toward a General Logicist Methodology for Engineering Ethically Correct Robots”. IEEE Intelligent Systems, 21(4), 38-44.
  • Wallach, Wendell, Colin Allen, and Stan Franklin. “Consciousness and Ethics: Artificially conscious moral agents.” International Journal of Machine Consciousness 3.01 (2011): 177-192.

Part 4: Moral Agents and Agency

  • Floridi, Luciano, and Jeff W. Sanders. “On the morality of artificial agents.” Minds and machines14.3 (2004): 349-379.
  • Johnson, Deborah G., and Keith W. Miller. “Un-making artificial moral agents.” Ethics and Information Technology 10.2-3 (2008): 123-133.
  • Suchman, Lucy. “Agencies in technology design: Feminist reconfigurations.” Suchman, Lucy. “Agencies in technology design: Feminist reconfigurations.” Hackett, Edward J., Olga Amsterdamska, Michael E. Lynch, and Judy Wajcman, eds., The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies, third edition, excerpt from pages 139-163.
  • Marino, Dante, and Guglielmo Tamburrini. “Learning robots and human responsibility.” International Review of Information Ethics 6 (2006): 46-51.
  • Torrance, Steve. “Artificial Consciousness and Artificial Ethics: Between Realism and Social Relationism”. Philosophy & Technology 27.1 (2014), 9-29.
  • Murphy, Robin R., and David D. Woods. “Beyond Asimov: the three laws of responsible robotics.” Intelligent Systems, IEEE 24.4 (2009): 14-20.

Part 5: Law and Policy

  • Solum, Lawrence. “Legal personhood for artificial intelligences.” North Carolina Law Review 70 (1992): 1231-1287.
  • Nagenborg, Michael, et al. “Ethical regulations on robotics in Europe.” Ai & Society 22.3 (2008): 349-366.
  • Calo, M. Ryan. “Robots and privacy.” Robot Ethics: The Ethical and Social Implications of Robotics, MIT Press (2010), 187-204.
  • Lin, Patrick. “The Robot Car of Tomorrow May Just Be Programmed to Hit You.” Wired Magazine, May 6, 2014.
  • Gunkel, David J. “A Vindication of the Rights of Machines.” Philosophy & Technology, (2014), 27, pp. 113-132.

About the Editors

  • Wendell Wallach is a lecturer and consultant at Yale University‚Äôs Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, USA.
  • Peter Asaro is Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in the School of Media Studies at the New School for Public Engagement, USA.