Robot ethics: “We cannot empirically decide which ethical system is the correct one”
At ML Conference in Berlin, we caught up with keynote speaker Dr. Janina Loh. Watch the video to learn about the ethical issues surrounding robots and autonomous cars—and why she believes universal guidelines for robots ethics can and should not be established.
Robot ethics are a fairly new philosophical discipline. We spoke to Dr. Janina Loh (University of Vienna, Faculty of Philosophy and Education) about the central points of this discussion, illustrated by the famous ethical dilemma of autonomous vehicles, and what different approaches there are for implementing ethical values.
She also goes into detail about why she believes it will be neither possible nor desirable to establish a universal set of ethical guidelines. As we have different ethical systems that we use in everyday life even on a local level, we face the difficulty of choosing which ethical values to equip robots with:
We cannot empirically decide which ethical system is the correct one.
And lastly, who should be the authority on global ethical guidelines? As Dr. Janina Loh further states, it would be “a god-like authority that one cannot question from the outside. That is a very dangerous idea because it has the tendency of being ideological or dogmatic.”