Machine Ethics

Introduction Can a machine behave ethically? Which ethical theory should it subscribe to? Is it possible to program an ethical system? I will focus on the paradigm case of the self-driving vehicle. I will contend that to behave ethically in the kinds of situations a self-driving vehicle (and more generally any assistance based artificial intelligence)… Continue reading Machine Ethics


Animal Ethics

Introduction This essay will consider two closely related opinions on the value of lives. Interestingly these closely related opinions seem to lead to very different conclusions. Singer argues that all lives are not equal but that like interests should be weighed together. (Singer 1990, 2009, 2014) Frey argues that all lives are not equal and… Continue reading Animal Ethics