A Case for Investigating the Ethics of Artificial Life?

Thiel, Inari, Bergmann, Neil W. and Grey, William (2003). A Case for Investigating the Ethics of Artificial Life?. In: H. Abbass and J. Wiles, Proceedings of the Australian Conference on Artificial Life. ACAL2003: The First Australian Conference on Artificial Life, Canberra, Australia, (276-287). 6-7 December, 2003.

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Author Thiel, Inari
Bergmann, Neil W.
Grey, William
Title of paper A Case for Investigating the Ethics of Artificial Life?
Conference name ACAL2003: The First Australian Conference on Artificial Life
Conference location Canberra, Australia
Conference dates 6-7 December, 2003
Proceedings title Proceedings of the Australian Conference on Artificial Life
Place of Publication Canberra
Publisher The University of New South Wales
Publication Year 2003
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 0-9751528-0-7
Editor H. Abbass
J. Wiles
Volume 1
Start page 276
End page 287
Total pages 12
Language eng
Abstract/Summary A major stream of Artificial Life (ALife) research aims to build synthetic life forms, operating in virtual worlds, implemented as computer programs. A clear long-term target for this research is the evolution of digital life-forms with a complexity of structure and behaviour analogous to biological life-forms, potentially exhibiting intelligence and self-awareness. The creation of intelligent, self-aware digital life-forms has clear ethical implications, but there is no current research into how these ethical issues might be addressed. This paper argues that such ethical research is needed. Furthermore, it describes our future research plans to build a solid philosophical foundation for the consideration of these ethical issues.
Subjects 440104 Applied Ethics (incl. Bioethics and Environmental Ethics)
280213 Other Artificial Intelligence
Keyword Applied Ethics
Artificial Life
Complex Systems
Moral Philosophy
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