Philosophical Signposts for Artificial Moral Agent Frameworks

Suri 6 (2):92–109 (2017)
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Robert James M. Boyles
De La Salle University
Abstract
This article focuses on a particular issue under machine ethics—that is, the nature of Artificial Moral Agents. Machine ethics is a branch of artificial intelligence that looks into the moral status of artificial agents. Artificial moral agents, on the other hand, are artificial autonomous agents that possess moral value, as well as certain rights and responsibilities. This paper demonstrates that attempts to fully develop a theory that could possibly account for the nature of Artificial Moral Agents may consider certain philosophical ideas, like the standard characterizations of agency, rational agency, moral agency, and artificial agency. At the very least, the said philosophical concepts may be treated as signposts for further research on how to truly account for the nature of Artificial Moral Agents.
Keywords machine ethics  artificial moral agent  moral agency  artificial agent  rational agency
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