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Friday, June 19, 2009

Moral robots?

A recent book review is evidence that there are people (so far, not computers!) who are thinking about how to build a moral sense into robots, or teach them one.

Primatologist Frans de Waal has presented evidence, here and elsewhere, that non-human primates have at least a rudimentary moral sense.

See also this post, on the question of moral agency, which is the ability to make moral decisions.

Thanks for reading.

2 comments:

Keetha Broyles said...

Of course then we'd have to decide what was the BASIS of our moral choices, wouldn't we???

Martin LaBar said...

Indeed. That's always been a fundamental matter.

Thanks.