SOPhiA 2021

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Programme - Talk

How Do We Perceive Artificial Moral Cognition?
(Ethics, )

A Humans are famous for their rational decision-making capacity. Our autonomous systems attempt to replicate the cognitive ability of human beings. Now scientists are moving forward, making artificial intelligence(AI) systems moral performers like humans. For that, we must first analyze the uniqueness of human moral decision-making capacity. The human mind consists of unique abilities that lead us to authentic moral agency and a better competence in information processing. Among all other theories, the computational theory of mind intensifies the mechanistic attitude towards the human mind and its efficacy. It predominantly relates the human mind with the brain and its functionality. However, consciousness will remain a significant issue for this approach because it remains non-computable. Philosophers believed that we should not depend on artificial systems for ethical judgments without a conscious moral agency. The first section of my paper critically analyses artificial moral agency in contrast with human moral agency. The next section considers the 'no ownership subjective agency', which can be implemented in an autonomous ethical agent as a substitute of conscious agency. Apart from consciousness, ethical decision-making is best compared with the computing of information in a particular situation, for which the autonomous machines are well-versed. If we could adequately implement the computing method, we might get a better ethical autonomous agent. My paper concentrates on the feasibility of moral cognition from a computable outset. This analysis will help us understand the feasibility and authenticity of artificial moral cognition, artificial moral agency, and their compatibility with humans.

Chair: Jon Rueda
Time: 14:40-15:10, 11 September 2021 (Saturday)
Location: SR 1.004
Remark: (Online Talk)

Riya Manna  
(Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, )

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