LIRa Session: Marija Slavkovik

Speaker: Marija Slavkovik

Date and Time: Thursday, February 18th 2021, 16:30-18:00, Amsterdam time.

Venue: online.

Title: Conflicts in machine ethics.

Abstract. Machine ethics is concerned with the problem of automating moral reasoning. Specifically,  given a set of options in a context and some information on which moral values or obligations are to be enforced, how to compute what is to be done by a machine? The obvious challenge of machine ethics is often considered to be: what should a machine never do? But that is the wrong question. A less obvious one is: who should decide what a machine should never do? And for people who understand collective decision-making: how? Moral values and moral obligations tend to be ambiguously specified affairs. Furthermore, people have different views when it comes to morality. All this spells: conflicts. Conflicting views must be resolved as part of automating moral reasoning. Drawing on past and ongoing work I discuss three approaches to resolving conflicts when they are represented as logic inconsistencies: argumentation, social choice and normative conflict resolution.

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