Robot Morality: Can a Machine Have a Conscience? [audio]
Lucas, George R., Jr.
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Can we out-source morality to a robot? This isn't just a question from a sci-fi movie. Instead it's a question that comes from rapid advances in the field of robotics. Engineers, for example, have tried to program robots to make moral decisions – and to make such decisions when confronted with a rapidly changing and morally fraught situation. Lucas will address this issue, especially as it pertains to the military's increasing reliance on such devices.
A presentation to the Commonwealth of California of California Club by George R. Lucas Jr., Professor of Ethics and Public Policy, Naval Postgraduate School. Location: Arts and Sciences Building, Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real