Holding Robots Responsible: The Elements of Machine Morality

Yochanan E. Bigman*, Adam Waytz, Ron Alterovitz, Kurt Gray

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

As robots become more autonomous, people will see them as more responsible for wrongdoing. Moral psychology suggests that judgments of robot responsibility will hinge on perceived situational awareness, intentionality, and free will, plus human likeness and the robot's capacity for harm. We also consider questions of robot rights and moral decision-making.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)365-368
Number of pages4
JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
Volume23
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2019

Keywords

  • autonomous machines
  • autonomy
  • morality
  • responsibility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

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