Utilitarianism, Shame, and Mysticism: Autonomous Vehicle Moral Compass Design and Analysis

Dr. Chidi Anagonye1 and Dr. Sharon Barkley2

1 Department of Robo-ethics, Cranberry-Lemon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

2 Department of Robot Psychology, Cranberry-Lemon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA


When Isaac Asimov first wrote the Laws of Robotics, he never ventured to implement them in code. Not only are the Laws of Robotics tough to implement due to their vagueness, their moral absolutist framework falls apart in simple trolley problem scenarios. A much more elaborate moral framework is required to ensure that Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) can handle a complex and messy world better than when guided by some Kantian categorical imperative. ...

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