Cross-Cultural Application of Ethical Principles in the Design Process of Autonomous Machines

William Brace, Anniina Huttunen, Vesa Kantola, Lorenz G. Lechner, Jakke Kulovesi, Kari Silvennoinen

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Abstract

Engineering is defined as an activity that aims at producing useful things that generate human benefit. However, currently a large part of the robotics industry is driven by the development of “killer applications” capable of causing tremendous amount of human suffering and harm. We propose a twofold solution to the ethical dilemma: external ethical guidelines combined with intrinsic engineering practices. As a first step to help mitigate the anticipated problems, governments and international organisation should promote a generally accepted codification of roboethics. This codification should comprise a basic set of
hard boundaries that must not be crossed under any circumstances. The first step can be seen as an external ethics approach. As a second step, we propose that the residual ethical risk should be taken into consideration by implementing an oath for technology developers (New Archimedes' Oath), analogous to the Hippocratic oath…
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2010
MoE publication typeNot Eligible
EventInternational Conference on Engineering and Meta-Engineering, ICEME 2010 - Orlando, United States
Duration: 6 Apr 20109 Apr 2010

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Engineering and Meta-Engineering, ICEME 2010
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando
Period6/04/109/04/10

Keywords

  • artificial intelligence
  • ethical design
  • ethical engineering
  • HRI design
  • meta engineering praxis
  • robotics

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