Sep. 30, 2013 George Lucas Robot Morality

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On September 30, 2013 in Santa Clara at Santa Clara University, the Commonwealth Club hosted George Lucas, Professor of Ethics and Public Policy at the Naval Postgraduate School’s presentation “Robot Morality: Can a Machine Have a Conscience?” After David De Cosse of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics introduced him, Lucas examined the possibilities of programming robots with their own conscience to make moral decisions when confronted with rapidly changing and morally fraught situations. He talked about manned submarine crews managing groups on sub drones conducting intelligence gathering operations in the South China sea. Lucas addressed this issue, especially as it pertains to the military’s increasing reliance on such devices.

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