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Two parsimonious approaches to deontic logic for machine ethics

Houten, J.J. van Two parsimonious approaches to deontic logic for machine ethics. Bachelor's Thesis, Artificial Intelligence.

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Abstract

The ��fi�eld of machine ethics deals with the ethical decision making of artificial agents. This thesis presents a preliminary evaluation of two applications of deontic logic to this type of decision making. The approaches are called parsimonious because they are not based on a specifi�cally deontic logic but rather on normal default logic, combined, respectively, with the method of process trees and with Boutilier's (1990) translation of to the common modal system S4 and the method of semantic tableaux. The viability of these parsimonious approaches is explored by applying them to default theories corresponding to diverse ethical theories. This leads to reflections on the limitations of the approaches as well as on the advantages and disadvantages of these approaches relative to each other. The process-tree approach in particular seems to be viable, although it is noted that priorities are necessary to decide in case of conflict between defaults.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Supervisor:
Supervisor nameSupervisor E mail
Verbrugge, L.C.UNSPECIFIED
Grossi, D.UNSPECIFIED
Degree programme: Artificial Intelligence
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2018 09:53
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2018 09:53
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/18359

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