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Robots and systems as autonomous ethical agents
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Human-Computer Interaction. (ETHCOMP)
2010 (English)In: INTECH 2010: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Intelligent Technologies / [ed] V. Kreinovich, J. Daengdej and T. Yeophantong, Bangkok: Assumption University , 2010, 5-9 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

IT systems and robots can help us to solve many problems caused by the quantity, variation and complexity of information; because we need to handle dangerous and risky situations; or because of our social and emotional needs like elderly care. In helping us, these systems have to make decisions and act accordingly to achieve the goals for which they were built. Ethical decision support tools can be integrated into robots and other decision making systems to secure that decisions are made according to the basic theories of philosophy and to the findings of psychological research.  This can be done, in non-independent systems, as a way for the system to report to its operator, and to support the operator's ethical decision making. On the other hand, fully independent systems should be able to regulate their own decision making strategies and processes. However, this cannot be based on normative predefined criteria, or on the ability to make choices, or on having own control, or on ability of rational processing.  It seems that it is necessary for an independent robot or decision system to have "emotions." That is, a kind of ultimate purposes that can lead the decision process, and depending on the circumstances, guide the adoption of a decision strategy, whatever it may be, rational, heuristic or automatic.

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Bangkok: Assumption University , 2010. 5-9 p.
Keyword [en]
robots, systems, autonomous, independent, decision making, ethics, moral
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion Human Computer Interaction Computer Vision and Robotics (Autonomous Systems) Computer Science Economics and Business Human Aspects of ICT Psychology
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Human-Computer Interaction
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-138959ISBN: 978-974-615-110-8OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-138959DiVA: diva2:380444
Available from: 2010-12-21 Created: 2010-12-21 Last updated: 2013-09-25Bibliographically approved

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