The emergence of artificial autonomy: A view from the foothills of a challenging climb

Fernando Da Costa Cardoso, Luís Moniz Pereira

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In this chapter we set forth a case study of the integration of philosophy and computer science using artificial agents, beings ruled by abductive logic and emergent behavior. Our first step in this chapter is to highlight different models that we developed of such agents (a set of them related with evolutionary game theory and one model of a narrative storyteller robot). As we indicate, each model exemplifies different aspects of the bottom of the hill of autonomy as an emergent property of artificial systems specified through three aspects ("Self control", "Adaptivity to the environment" and "Response to environment"). In summary, our conception is that autonomy, when presented as an emergent characteristic, could fill the important place given it by elaborations in philosophical ethics and one that leads us to a clearer comprehension of where to direct our efforts in the field of artificial agents. We conclude this chapter with the notion that this reevaluation of autonomy is necessary for the enhanced comprehension of human morality.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRethinking Machine Ethics in the Age of Ubiquitous Technology
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)978-146668593-2
ISBN (Print)1466685921, 978-146668592-5
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2015


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