This book is dedicated to expert research topics, and analyses of ethics-related inquiry, at the machine ethics and morality level: key players, benefits, problems, policies, and strategies. Gathering some of the leading voices that recognize and understand the complexities and intricacies of human-machine ethics early on in this phenomenon provides a resourceful compendium to be accessed by decision-makers and theorists concerned with identification and adoption of human-machine ethics initiatives, leading to needed policy adoption and reform for human-machine entities, their technologies, and their societal and legal obligations. The book encompasses theory and practice sections for each topical component of important areas of human-machine ethics both in existence today, and prospective for the future. Yet, human-machine ethics is not a futuristic matter; it is everpresent, here and now – thanks largely to ongoing technological advances in robotics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, and synthetic biology, among other allied fields.
Up-to-date, state-of-the-art perspective on advancement of definitions, terms, policies, philosophies, and relevant determinants related to human-machine ethics and morality. It must be published in order to provide a comprehensive compendium that exists to help lay the foundation for referencing early twenty-first century research into the present and future phenomenon of human-machine ethics and morality. It may hold promise for decision- and policy-makers as the crucial aspects of machine ethics become an elusive and challenging act for governments and societies to regulate and control moving forward into the next decade. The book is an anthology of wholistic, interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary approaches to the field of machine ethics and morality.