Should Robots Have Morals? Machine Ethicists Say Yes

As scientists work on creating more advanced AI systems, the question of ethics becomes increasingly pertinent. How will autonomous cars make difficult decisions about who to harm and who to protect in the event of an accident? How will healthcare robots behave when a patient refuses to take their medicine? The field of machine ethics attempts to answer these difficult questions, weaving moral concerns into programming.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Strong artificial intelligence would be able to reason, learn, and behave as or more intelligently than humans. 00:54

  2. The technological singularity refers to a time when an artificial intelligence becomes much more capable of advanced thought than the collective population of humans. 02:29

  3. Many scientists believe that it's only a matter of time before strong AI is created. 04:08

Written by Curiosity Staff January 29, 2016

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