Ethics and Artificial Intelligence: The Moral Compass of a Machine

The question of robotic ethics is making everyone tense. We worry about the machine’s lack of empathy, how calculating machines are going to know how to do the right thing, and even how we are going to judge and punish beings of steel and silicon. Personally, I do not have such worries. I am less concerned about robots doing wrong, and far more concerned about the moment they look at us and are appalled at how often we fail to do right. I am convinced that they will not only be smarter than we are, but have truer moral compasses, as well. Let’s be clear about what is and is not at issue here. I am less concerned about robots doing wrong, and far more concerned about the moment they…


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