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The responsibility gap : ascribing responsibility for the actions of learning automata
Ethics and Information Technology
  • Andreas MATTHIAS, University of Kassel, Germany
Document Type
Journal article
Publication Date
9-1-2004
Keywords
  • artificial intelligence,
  • autonomous robots,
  • learning machines,
  • liability,
  • moral responsibility
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Abstract

Traditionally, the manufacturer/operator of a machine is held (morally and legally) responsible for the consequences of its operation. Autonomous, learning machines, based on neural networks, genetic algorithms and agent architectures, create a new situation, where the manufacturer/operator of the machine is in principle not capable of predicting the future machine behaviour any more, and thus cannot be held morally responsible or liable for it. The society must decide between not using this kind of machine any more (which is not a realistic option), or facing a responsibility gap, which cannot be bridged by traditional concepts of responsibility ascription.

DOI
10.1007/s10676-004-3422-1
E-ISSN
15728439
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Matthias, A. (2004). The responsibility gap: Ascribing responsibility for the actions of learning automata. Ethics and Information Technology, 6(3), 175-183. doi: 10.1007/s10676-004-3422-1