Podcast produced by The Philosopher’s Zone. David Rutledge interviews Robert Sparrow, Professor of Philosophy, Monash University. 28 minutes.
There’s a lot of talk these days about building ethics into artificial intelligence systems, so that (for example) autonomous weapons and driverless cars might be able to act appropriately when faced with ethical dilemmas. From a developer’s perspective, it’s a daunting technical challenge. But from a philosophical perspective, it’s even more daunting – and this has to do with the nature of ethics, which is more than just a set of principles and instructions. Can machines ever really be moral agents?