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Rock Colloquia Series: Developing Robots that Learn How to be Ethical

This talk presents preliminary methods focusing on the goal of creating a robot which learns, adheres, adopts, and enforces social and ethical norms. The developing field of Machine Ethics examines the possibility of creating autonomous robots which act ethically. Two methods have been proposed by the field. Explicitly ethical robots follow predefined ethical rules (such as the laws of war) which govern and delimit their behavior (Arkin, Ulam, Wagner, 2012). Implicitly ethical robots, on the other hand, learn how to act ethically by interacting with the people around them. In addition to providing background related to the RoboEthics and Machine Ethics Fields, the presentation will focus on preliminary ideas related to the creation of implicitly ethical robots, the philosophical ramifications of doing so, and possible practical applications.
by Rob Peeler Mar 30, 2017
When Mar 30, 2017
from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Where 133 Sparks Building, University Park, PA 16802
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Contact Phone 814-863-0314
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Presented by Alan Wagner, assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and a research associate in the Rock Ethics Institute.

This talk presents preliminary methods focusing on the goal of creating a robot which learns, adheres, adopts, and enforces social and ethical norms. The developing field of Machine Ethics examines the possibility of creating autonomous robots which act ethically. Two methods have been proposed by the field:  (1) Explicitly ethical robots follow predefined ethical rules (such as the laws of war) which govern and delimit their behavior (Arkin, Ulam, Wagner, 2012) and; (2) Implicitly ethical robots, on the other hand, learn how to act ethically by interacting with the people around them. In addition to providing background related to the RoboEthics and Machine Ethics Fields, the presentation will focus on preliminary ideas related to the creation of implicitly ethical robots, the philosophical ramifications of doing so, and possible practical applications.   

*Note: This event is not approved SARI@PSU participation credit.