Books  |    |  October 23, 2020

Machine Law, Ethics, and Morality in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Book edited by Steven John Thompson.
Published by IGI Global.
266 pages.

Machines and computers are becoming increasingly sophisticated and self-sustaining. As we integrate such technologies into our daily lives, questions concerning moral integrity and best practices arise. A changing world requires renegotiating our current set of standards. Without best practices to guide interaction and use with these complex machines, interaction with them will turn disastrous.

Machine Law, Ethics, and Morality in the Age of Artificial Intelligence is a collection of innovative research that presents holistic and transdisciplinary approaches to the field of machine ethics and morality and offers up-to-date and state-of-the-art perspectives on the advancement of definitions, terms, policies, philosophies, and relevant determinants related to human-machine ethics. The book encompasses theory and practice sections for each topical component of important areas of human-machine ethics both in existence today and prospective for the future. While highlighting a broad range of topics including facial recognition, health and medicine, and privacy and security, this book is ideally designed for ethicists, philosophers, scientists, lawyers, politicians, government lawmakers, researchers, academicians, and students. It is of special interest to decision- and policy-makers concerned with the identification and adoption of human-machine ethics initiatives, leading to needed policy adoption and reform for human-machine entities, their technologies, and their societal and legal obligations.

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Design and Regulation
  • Drones
  • Engineering Ethics
  • Facial Recognition
  • Health and Medicine
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Privacy and Security
  • Societal Impact
  • Surveillance
  • Technophilia and Technophobia

Table of Contents

  • AI Personhood: Rights and Laws — Roman V. Yampolskiy
  • Ethical Behavior and Legal Regulations in Artificial Intelligence (Part One): Supporting Sovereignty of Users While Using Complex and Intelligent Systems — Mandy Goram, Dirk Veiel
  • Ethical Behavior and Legal Regulations in Artificial Intelligence (Part Two): Representation of Law and Ethics in Intelligent Systems — Mandy Goram, Dirk Veiel
  • Raising Ethical Machines: Bottom-Up Methods to Implementing Machine Ethics — Marten H. L. Kaas
  • Ethical Rationality in AI: On the Prospect of Becoming a Full Ethical Agent — Jonas Holst
  • Steps Toward Real-World Ethics for Self-Driving Cars: Beyond the Trolley Problem — Tobias Holstein, Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic, Patrizio Pelliccione
  • Conceptualizing Policy in Value Sensitive Design: A Machine Ethics Approach — Steven Umbrello
  • Hauntology of the Machinic — Atsuhide Ito
  • Amusements Made to Save Man: The History of Moral Amusement Rides — Jill Anne Morris
  • Moral Psychology and Artificial Agents (Part One): Ontologically Categorizing Bio-Cultural Humans — Michael Laakasuo, Jukka R. I. Sundvall, Anton Berg, Marianna Drosinou, Volo Herzon, Anton Kunnari, Mika Koverola, Marko Repo, Teemu Saikkonen, Jussi Palomäki
  • Moral Psychology and Artificial Agents (Part Two): The Transhuman Connection — Michael Laakasuo, Jukka R. I. Sundvall, Anton Berg, Marianna Drosinou, Volo Herzon, Anton Kunnari, Mika Koverola, Marko Repo, Teemu Saikkonen, Jussi Palomäki
  • Machines and Technological Unemployment: Basic Income vs. Basic Capital — Elias Moser

About the Author

Steven John Thompson is a theorist-practitioner in digital literacy, ethics, media studies, new media, rhetorics, and professional, science and technical communication, often teaching courses online. Dr. Thompson has taught at Johns Hopkins University, Dartmouth College, Clemson University, Georgia Southern University, Towson University, and University of Maryland Global Campus. He was Editor of Androids, Cyborgs, and Robots in Contemporary Culture and Society and Global Issues and Ethical Considerations in Human Enhancement Technologies.