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Moral MachinesTeaching Robots Right from Wrong$
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Wendell Wallach and Colin Allen

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195374049

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195374049.001.0001

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PHILOSOPHERS, ENGINEERS, AND THE DESIGN OF AMAS

PHILOSOPHERS, ENGINEERS, AND THE DESIGN OF AMAS

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(p.73) Chapter 5 PHILOSOPHERS, ENGINEERS, AND THE DESIGN OF AMAS
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Moral Machines
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Wendell Wallach

Colin Allen (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195374049.003.0006

The architectures for artificial moral agents fall within two broad approaches: the top‐down imposition of an ethical theory, and the bottom‐up building of systems that aim at goals or standards that may or may not be specified in explicitly theoretical terms. How might moral decision making specifically be implemented in (ro)bots? This chapter outlines what philosophers and engineers have to offer each other and describes a basic framework for top‐down and bottom‐up approaches to the design of artificial moral agents.

Keywords:   artificial moral agent, ethical theory, moral decision making

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