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Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right from Wrong

Wendell Wallach and Colin Allen


The human‐built environment is increasingly being populated by artificial agents that, through artificial intelligence (AI), are capable of acting autonomously. The software controlling these autonomous systems is, to‐date, “ethically blind” in the sense that the decision‐making capabilities of such systems does not involve any explicit moral reasoning. The title Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right from Wrong refers to the need for these increasingly autonomous systems (robots and software bots) to become capable of factoring ethical and moral considerations into their decision making. The n ... More

Keywords: artificial intelligence, artificial moral agents, autonomous systems, decision‐making, ethics, moral agent, machine morality, machine ethics, moral reasoning, robot

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195374049
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195374049.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wendell Wallach, author

Colin Allen, author
Indiana University
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