Shaping tomorrow’s smart machines: Q&A with bioethicist Wendell Wallach

By Jim Shelton February 15, 2016 As intelligent machines continue to make their way into all sectors of society, a growing number of scientists, ethicists, policymakers, and business executives are converging on the idea that more thought must be given to underlying issues of machines and morality. Already there are semi-autonomous technologies in use in military, manufacturing, health care, and service industry settings. We have cars that avoid collisions and drones that may deliver packages someday. The question now is: What guiding principles should be employed, as smarter devices begin to take a more prominent role in security, public safety, and other complex matters? Wendell Wallach, a lecturer at Yale’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics and chair of the center’s technology and ethics study group, has explored the issue for more…


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