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Making Moral Robots

Making Moral Robots

One of Google's famously ambitious projects is the self-driving car. Less famous (but only a matter of time) is the ethical problem in programming cars to drive themselves. When circumstances make an accident inevitable, how do you program the car to choose between outcomes? Should it protect the driver at all costs, or should it protect the greatest possible number of human lives? Robotics of all kinds, not just cars face this problem. While we haven't yet progressed to the I, Robot or Matrix stage of robot morality, we are very quickly coming up to the point when robots have to choose between morally...

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Encyclopedia of Ethical Failure

Encyclopedia of Ethical Failure

While we offer 13 categories of ethical dilemmas, there are thousands of ways these manifest themselves in the real world. As a case in point, take a moment to skim the Department of Defense's Encyclopedia of Ethical Failure. (The link is to a Word document.) Here, the DoD documents many of the ethical failures it's seen over the years as a caution to all of its personnel and contractors. Perhaps one of the most entertaining entries:  An offshore safety inspector found much of the Government’s equipment to be in need of repairs to meet safety standards. He then referred the business...

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