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Issue No. 04 - July/August (2006 vol. 21)
ISSN: 1541-1672
pp: 18-21
James H. Moor , Dartmouth College
Machine ethics has a broad range of possible implementations in computer technology--from maintaining detailed records in hospital databases to overseeing emergency team movements after a disaster. From a machine ethics perspective, you can look at machines as ethical-impact agents, implicit ethical agents, explicit ethical agents, or full ethical agents. A current research challenge is to develop machines that are explicit ethical agents. This research is important, but accomplishing this goal will be extremely difficult without a better understanding of ethics and of machine learning and cognition. This article is part of a special issue on Machine Ethics.
machine ethics, computer ethics, ethical agents

J. H. Moor, "The Nature, Importance, and Difficulty of Machine Ethics," in IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol. 21, no. , pp. 18-21, 2006.
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