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Study Suggests It’s Time to Debate the Morality of Machines

Last year, a self-driven car struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona. Kurt Gray, co-author of “Holding Robots Responsible: The Elements of Machine Morality,” says he and other scientists and psychologists have been “thinking about these ideas of technology and ethics for sometime.” The Arizona incident “really made us think,” he says. “The time is now, robots are harming other humans. And so this is when we really need to figure out how people see it and then how we can make sense of that.” The paper published in the Trends and Cognitive Sciences journal looks at how human minds will try to make sense of robot responsibility.

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