Accession Number:

AD1052285

Title:

Tracing Moral Agency in Robot Behavior

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report,01 Nov 2017,31 Mar 2018

Corporate Author:

ARMY RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND United States

Report Date:

2018-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

23.0

Abstract:

As robots become more common in human society, they will increasingly encounter situations in which their decisions have a moral dimension. It is critical that these robots emulate moral human beings, specifically to avoid actions that would be considered immoral. But should robots be considered moral agents in and of themselves In this technical note, we argue that robots in their current and near-future form should not be viewed as moral agents. We outline conceptual elements of the process of tracing robot behaviors to human moral agents, with illustrations from the domain of military robotics, where moral considerations are especially important.

Subject Categories:

  • Cybernetics
  • Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE