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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.


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.