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Ethical Test Driven Development: A Design Process for Building Ethical Agents

Mr. Thomas Steven Highstead
Carleton Unversity ~ Institute of Cognitive Science
Robert L. West
Carleton Unversity, Canada
Jennifer Schellinck
Carleton Unversity, Canada
Babak Esfandiari
Carleton University, Canada

As machines become autonomous, acting as agents within society, there will become an increasing need for them to interact with people. For a machine to act within a society free of its creator’s supervision, it will also have to have the same capacity for intersubjective behavior as people. This paper presents a design system for creating a moral artificial agent based on cognitive modeling and test driven development.


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