- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (November 19, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195374045
- ISBN-13: 978-0195374049
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.9 x 6.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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"An invaluable guide to avoiding the stuff of science-fiction nightmares."--John Gilby, Times Higher Education
"Moral Machines is a fine introduction to the emerging field of robot ethics. There is much here that will interest ethicists, philosophers, cognitive scientists, and roboticists."--Peter Danielson, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
"Written with an abundance of examples and lessons learned, scenarios of incidents that may happen, and elaborate discussions on existing artificial agents on the cutting edge of research/practice, Moral Machines goes beyond what is known as computer ethics into what will soon be called the discipline of machine morality. Highly recommended."--G. Trajkovski, CHOICE
"The book does succeed in making the essential point that the phrase 'moral machine' is not an oxymoron. It also provides a window onto an area of research with which psychologists are unlikely to be familiar and one from which, at some point, we may be able to learn quite a lot."--PsycCRITIQUES
"In a single, thought-provoking volume, the authors not only introduce machine ethics, but also an inquiry that penetrates to the deepest foundations of ethics. The conscientious reader will, no doubt, find many challenging ideas here that will require a reassessment of her own beliefs, making this text a "must read" among recent books in philosophy and, more specifically, applied ethics."--Tony Beavers, Ethics and Information Technology
"... Moral Machines raises a host of interesting and stimulating philosophical questions and engineering problems, and highlights likely important future debates-- which is a great success for a book that comes on the brink of a field that is likely to surge in popularity in the upcoming decade. Wallach and Allen do so with a clarity and structure that makes their book simultaneously informative and enjoyable to read. Overall, this book is highly recommended reading for all those who already have an interest in the field of machine morality or for those who desire to develop an interest in the field." -- Philosophical Psychology
About the Author
Wendell Wallach is a consultant and writer and is affiliated with Yale University's Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics.
Colin Allen is a Professor of History & Philosophy of Science and of Cognitive Science at Indiana University
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This book was not intended as an introduction to ethics, but it is the book I would be inclined to assign as an ethics textbook. It covers an introduction to ethics, of course, but also covers material in related disciplines (psychology, economics, etc.), and gets technical about where our society assumes ethical faculties. It forces the reader to think about how ethics work, rather than just express opinions about contemporary moral issues, and is probably the very best book in existence for giving readers an appreciation for the ways the field of ethics will have to grow in the near future.
We have been in uncharted waters for at least 94 years since 1914.
Some few gifted observers have tried to explain the past, clarify the present, and glimpse the future.
Wendell Wallach and Colin Allen have succeeded in giving us a cautionary and yet hopeful view of a future world that we are likely to be sharing with increasingly intelligent computers and their active agents...robots.
Can we form a reasonably secure community together and, if so, how can we go about achieving it.
Here in this volume in both an entertaining and highly informative manner, Wendell Wallach and Colin Allen have given us the framework for understanding the challenge.
Howard G Iger, MD
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