SMBC: A treatise on machine ethics

via Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal

A better question might be, if a robot has conflicting programming, what will it do?  That seems to be where most human moral dilemmas arise, when our instincts are in conflict.

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2 Responses to SMBC: A treatise on machine ethics

  1. Steve Ruis says:

    I think AI robots will be able to resolve conflicts better than we do. The two opposing ideas would have merits that would be evaluated and the “greater good” would be chosen with no extraneous qualms or dissembling.

    And I wonder how the religious would interpret this screed. They claim that ethics without their god is impossible, which implied that people need to be taught about God and His ethics, meaning they have to be programmed (we call it indoctrination, but …).

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    • ” The two opposing ideas would have merits that would be evaluated and the “greater good” would be chosen with no extraneous qualms or dissembling.”
      Well, it would depend on what its programming told it “merit” meant. Ultimately, its resolution would reflect the values of its engineers.

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