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Registration for Rock Ethics Institute Brownbag Lecture
Developing Robots that Learn How to be Ethical
March 30, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
133 Sparks Building (Rock Conference Room)
Alan R. Wagner
Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Research Associate in the Rock Ethics Institute
Pennsylvania State University
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: The Rock's Brown Bag lectures are NOT approved for SARI@PSU participation credit.
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