Fuzzy ethics: or how I learned to stop worrying and love the bot.
Heron, Michael James
Belford, Pauline Helen
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HERON, M.J. and BELFORD, P. 2015. Fuzzy ethics: or how I learned to stop worrying and love the bot. ACM SIGCAS Computers and society [online], 45(4), pages 4-6. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2856428.2856429
The recent death of a Volkswagen worker at the hand of a factory robot has resulted in a number of editorials and opinion pieces discussing moral responsibility and robots. In this short response piece we outline some of the wider context of this discussion, with reference to the classic ethical study the Case of the Killer Robot. We argue that there is a growing need for the field of computer ethics to consider with some urgency what it means to be a responsible moral agent when tragic events occur, and to what extent it makes sense to 'blame the robot'