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Ethics of/in Intelligent Agent Technology - initial opinions
Fri, 7 Mar 1997 11:00:31 +0100
At 12.50 05/03/97
MET, Gerd Wagner wrote:
The real problem is not technical one, it is localized on the level of personal ethics of the developers and end-users. Summarizing a "lying, cheating and stealing" - no problem for designers, and as always, a problem for humanity, a problem of the power, money and interests.
I disagree. Cheating and stealing may be ethical topics, but lying is only in some cases malicious behavior, in others it is dictated by rationality. I quote from a recent paper of mine:
agents deal with confidential information, it is important that they
comply with a principled security policy.
- Well, you omitted one part of my comment ( Gadomski,27/02/97) which is the following:
course, the problem is not trivial if the situation is complex BUT the
complex problem solving in a complex situation is ALWAYS complex*complex.
- In this context, of course, you can have many practical problems but the key ethical problem is shifted on the higher meta-level.
- Does the decision (rule) "an unauthorized agent is misinformed on purpose in order to protect confidential information" be ethically correct (?)
- This is the ETHICAL problem of intelligent agent developers.
- For me, this rules can be justified in specific circumstances, but is never ethic... OK, this is a meta-ethic topic,... we can have different ethics.
Lying in order to protect confidential information is *not malicious* behavior, it's *not even egoistic*, but ethically justified because the protection of sensitive information is a high value in its own and it may be necessary to save lives or protect fundamental rights of persons.
- Here , your motivation
is dangerous because it is essentially incompleted, we, as users and causually
"unauthorized agents", should be protected
Therefore we have a technical problem here: we have to define secure query answering, which includes the case of lying, in accordance with the rationality principle of minimal misinformation.
- I would like to know "the rationality principle of minimal misinformation". Could you give me some literature references, please.
Notice that this requires a formal (i.e. logical) treated
-OK, but not only "this"
requires a formal (i.e. logical) treated.
With my best wishes,
REMARK after 7 years: the problem of "ethical agents" has been
analized in a software word "Information Ecosystem" of
"infohabitants" in the EU ALFEBIITE
(2000-2003), but the results seem to be far yet to the practical conclusions.
of Information Agents.
In general, the problem of the ethics of intelligent software agents is
More, nowadays, it has a new dimension related to the possible behaviors of new generation of mobil
Discussion List: Your comments to Absintelagent e-group will be very appreciated (new Link of AIA e-group).
Meta-Ethics Comments: TOGA proposal of the updating of the definition of ethics
Social Ethics (unified socio-cognitive definition):
Individual Ethics (unified socio-cognitive
Ethical/moral choice is a component of the generic scenario of every cognitive decision-making. It is based on the top-down application of highest/most general rules ( preferences rules) mandatory for every their specialization.
Remark: According to the TOGA conceptualization framework,
See: MEFIT Proposal -an expression of interest.
(from Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy: http://www.utm.edu/research/iep/e/ethics.htm#Metaethics)
Meta-ethics is a study/research domain of the common properties of various existing and possible ethical systems from the perspective of their socio-cognitive values. (A.M.Gadomski, 2004).
From the meta-ethics perspective we can distinguish many different types of ethics. Taxonomy of ethics may depend on different factors but, most frequently, it is related to different religions, ideologies, or group of people with common interests.
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Seventh ETHICOMP International Conference on the Social and Ethical Impacts of Information and Communication Technologies. Hosted in the University of the Aegean, Syros, Greece, 14 to 16 April 2004. http://www.ccsr.cse.dmu.ac.uk/conferences/ethicomp2004/
A LOGICAL FRAMEWORK FOR ETHICAL BEHAVIOUR BETWEEN INFOHABITANTS IN THE
INFORMATION TRADING ECONOMY OF THE UNIVERSAL INFORMATION ECOSYSTEM)
Ethos ("practical workplace ethics')
Should IT Profs Be in the Ethics Business? - SOUND OFF - ...
25/03/03 : "intelligent
agent ethics" - only MKE's 2 docs, "agent's
ethics" - 27 doc ,
"agent ethics" - 207, meta-ethics - 2980.
21/10/03 : "computational ethics" - 34 (3,4 from MKS),
"computational axiology" - 3 (1,2 from MKS).
03/08/04 : "business of ethics" - 598.
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