Patiency is not a virtue: suggestions for co-constructing an ethical framework including intelligent artefacts

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Abstract

The question of whether AI can or should be afforded moral agency or patiency is not one amenable to simple discovery or reasoning, because we as societies are constantly constructing our artefacts, including our ethical systems. Here I briefly examine the origins and nature of ethical systems in a variety of species, then propose a definition of morality that facilitates the debate concerning not only whether it is ethical for us to afford moral agency and patiency to AI, but also whether it is ethical for us to build AI we should so afford.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe machine question
Subtitle of host publicationAI, ethics and moral responsibility
EditorsDavid J. Gunkel, Joanna J. Bryson, Steve Torrance
PublisherSociety for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour
Pages73-77
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781908187215
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventAISB/IACAP World Congress 2012 - The Machine Question: AI, Ethics and Moral Responsibility, Part of Alan Turing Year 2012 - Birmingham, UK United Kingdom
Duration: 2 Jul 20126 Jul 2012

Conference

ConferenceAISB/IACAP World Congress 2012 - The Machine Question: AI, Ethics and Moral Responsibility, Part of Alan Turing Year 2012
CountryUK United Kingdom
CityBirmingham
Period2/07/126/07/12

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