David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
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Ethics and Information Technology 11 (1):81-90 (2009)
Computer ethicists have for some years been troubled by the issue of how to assign moral responsibility for disastrous events involving erroneous information generated by expert information systems. Recently, Jeroen van den Hoven has argued that agents working with expert information systems satisfy the conditions for what he calls epistemic enslavement. Epistemically enslaved agents do not, he argues, have moral responsibility for accidents for which they bear causal responsibility. In this article, I develop two objections to van den Hoven’s argument for epistemic enslavement of agents working with expert information systems.
|Keywords||Epistemic dependence Epistemic enslavement Expert information systems Expert systems Moral autonomy Moral responsibility|
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Jeroen van den Hoven, Gert-Jan Lokhorst & Ibo van de Poel (2012). Engineering and the Problem of Moral Overload. Science and Engineering Ethics 18 (1):143-155.
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