Evolutionary Machine Ethics

T. A. (The Anh) Han, L. M. (Luís Moniz) Pereira

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Machine ethics is a sprouting interdisciplinary field of enquiry arising from the need of imbuing autonomous agents with some capacity for moral decision-making. Its overall results are not only important for equipping agents with a capacity for moral judgment, but also for helping better understand morality, through the creation and testing of computational models of ethics theories. Computer models have become well defined, eminently observable in their dynamics, and can be transformed incrementally in expeditious ways. We address, in work reported and surveyed here, the emergence and evolution of cooperation in the collective realm. We discuss how our own research with Evolutionary Game Theory (EGT) modelling and experimentation leads to important insights for machine ethics, such as the design of moral machines, multi-agent systems, and contractual algorithms, plus their potential application in human settings too.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbuch Maschinenethik
EditorsO. Bendel
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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    Han, T. A. T. A., & Pereira, L. M. L. M. (2018). Evolutionary Machine Ethics. In O. Bendel (Ed.), Handbuch Maschinenethik Springer.