Rise of the Robots: Rethinking Ethics, Trust, and Responsibility in the Age of Autonomous Machines

Posted June 2, 2016 | Leadership | Amplify

This article explores and repositions ethics, trust, and responsibility in the age of autonomous machines. It begins by posing new technology-induced ethical dilemmas and suggesting that there are different moral resolution systems. Frankenstein’s monster and Asimov’s Laws of Robotics represent early attempts to come to terms with the ethics of autonomous robots, yet the role of humans and their ability to intervene invite ­ethical considerations about the impact of autonomous machines. The new uncertainties that come with the use of innovative technologies require paying more attention to the responsibility of designers for their creations. The article concludes by identifying different levels of responsibility and proposing a finer balance between trust, safety, and reliability as well as considering the interaction between users, designers, and their creations.

About The Author
Darren Dalcher
Darren Dalcher is a Professor of Project Management at the University of Hertfordshire, Visiting Professor of Computer Science at the University of Iceland, and Adjunct Professor at the Lille Graduate School of Management. He is the founder and director of the National Centre for Project Management (NCPM), an interdisciplinary center of excellence operating in collaboration with industry, government, and the learned societies. Following… Read More
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