Designing a machine to learn about the ethics of robotics: the N-reasons platform [Book Review]

Ethics and Information Technology 12 (3):251-261 (2010)
We can learn about human ethics from machines. We discuss the design of a working machine for making ethical decisions, the N-Reasons platform, applied to the ethics of robots. This N-Reasons platform builds on web based surveys and experiments, to enable participants to make better ethical decisions. Their decisions are better than our existing surveys in three ways. First, they are social decisions supported by reasons. Second, these results are based on weaker premises, as no exogenous expertise (aside from that provided by the participants) is needed to seed the survey. Third, N-Reasons is designed to support experiments so we can learn how to improve the platform. We sketch experimental results that show the platform is a success as well as pointing to ways it can be improved
Keywords Ethical decision making  Empirical philosophy  Robot ethics  Surveys
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DOI 10.1007/s10676-009-9214-x
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