Ethical issues in a-life: cyber gods as moral monsters?

Thiel, Inari, Bergmann, Neil W. and Grey, William (2003) Ethical issues in a-life: cyber gods as moral monsters?. Australian Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society, 1 1: 14-20.

Author Thiel, Inari
Bergmann, Neil W.
Grey, William
Title Ethical issues in a-life: cyber gods as moral monsters?
Journal name Australian Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society
ISSN 1449-0706
Publication date 2003-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 1
Issue 1
Start page 14
End page 20
Total pages 7
Place of publication Hawthorn, VIC, Australia
Publisher Australian Centre for Emerging Technologies and Society, Swinburne University of Technology
Language eng
Subject 440104 Applied Ethics (incl. Bioethics and Environmental Ethics)
Abstract The authors have undertaken an exploration of some significant social and ethical issues that arise in relation to the emerging field of Artificial Life (A-life). These issues have been approached from a philosophical perspective, taking into account reports of current developments in A-life research, and the application of A-life software in elementary school education. It has been suggested that the use of such systems may impact on the development of moral character in children, and illuminate that of adults. In addition, it is argued that if A-life researchers achieve their aims and evolve digital biota that are both intelligent and autonomous, they may be responsible to their creations for the quality of the worlds in which they live. The authors conclude that, given the stated aims and current progress of A-life researchers, there is a clear need for further consideration of the potential social and ethical implications of these technologies.
Keyword Artificial life
Moral considerability
Q-Index Code C1

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