The Ethical Robot

The Ethical Robot


it seems to me we have the opportunity for
coming up with a new perspective and thinking about ethics with machine ethics
because what we’re gonna think about is how we want machine robots for example
to treat us. our research began trying to see whether
ethics could be computed how do you even represent ethics in a
machine where it’s just a bunch of zeros and ones somehow we have to find a
representation scheme it’s a two step process
by which we we uh… try to put ethical principles into a machine first step is to find out get a principal we use a technique called machine learning
that takes cases of ethical dilemmas and feed this information to this machine and it slowly builds a principle that covers the correct answer it learns features, duties, and is able to discover
a decision principal from the input given by by the ethicist and then we realized we can take it a step further to take that principle and put it into a robot and apply this to a real life situation involving a medication reminder system so he’s looking for a medication you give it to
him and here we go. great. now he’s gonna scan and find a patient which is just this logo
that he can recognize. this symbol now he should see it. he saw it. now he’s going to turn his body slowly to the angle where his head was and is going to walk over to this patient to give this medication to him good job when he gets close enough to the patient,
he will stop. it is time to take your medication. no!
okay i’ll remind you later. something as simple as telling somebody it’s time to take your
medication it has ethical ramifications you want the robot to be sensitive to how much good you can get out of it how much harm would happen if you didn’t
take the medication it actually that you run right now these are
the actual values for how much harm over time is happening how much good is being lost. but we cannot act at all without making certain value judgments that’s behind everything we do it’s the
most important thing that drives human behavior and if so since humans often fail miserably at being ethical if we could program a robot to
behave ethically there is a lot of potential for teaching humans how to behave better the rate machines are going interacting with the human beinges would you like to have something that
didn’t have ethics telling you what to do or helping you out around the house i
don’t think so there’ve been so many science fiction
stories and movies of machines that turn against their creators
and harm them, if we can reassure the public that these machines will follow intuitively acceptable ethical guidelines then we feel that the research can advance touch the front of my head for yes. the back
of my head for no i am going to contact the doctor

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