In a review published in Science and Engineering Ethics (read HERE), Cervantes and colleagues reflect on the possible ethical responsibility of the actions of man-made artificial agents. We have treated the issue in the article Ethical dilemmas that “intelligent machine” could present.
In the early development of machine ethics, some moral problems can be solved
Quoting Cervantes’s article “Humans are experiencing the inclusion of artificial agents in their environment as unmanned vehicles, intelligent houses, and humanoid robots capable of caring for people. In this context, research in the field of machine ethics has become more than a hot topic. Machine ethics focuses on developing ethical mechanisms for artificial agents to be capable of engaging in moral behavior.”
- Related article, Ethical questions of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare.
The authors conclude by saying that, at present, artificial agents are incapable of making moral decisions in the face of complex problems. Although some prototypes can solve some moral problems, they are still in the early stage of developing machine ethics. So they conclude that there is still a long way to go before artificial agents created by man can solve complex situations.