TOPIC: Machine Morality: Should machines have a moral code? Who should decide?
Computers already initiate millions of financial transactions, control electrical power grids, and drive trains. Robots mounted with machine guns have been deployed in Iraq and soon service robots will be taking care of the elderly in their homes. In order to insure the safety of increasing autonomous systems, it will be necessary to begin programming them with moral decision-making abilities. Do we want computers making moral decisions? Whose morality or what morality should be implemented in artificial intelligence? How can we make ethics computable? The emerging field of machine morality examines the challenge of building artificial moral agents, probing deeply into the nature of human decision making and ethics
Dr. Phil Pecorino, Professor of Philosophy at Queensborough Community College, conducts a discussion group on philosophy's most fascinating questions and methods. All are welcome!