Ethical encounters with autonomous agents

Headleand, Chris and De angeli, Antonella (2017) Ethical encounters with autonomous agents. In: Ethical Encounters in HCI workshop at CHI2017, 6 - 11 May 2017, Denver, Colorado.

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Anthropomorphic agents with increasing levels of autonomy are being used in a growing number of applications. This is especially evident in games where characters are designed with human likeness both in appearance and behaviour, with a level of autonomy that allows them to surprise and engage the player. However, with these autonomous system there is the possibility that non-intended behaviours may emerge, exposing the user to potentially ethically questionable encounters. In this position paper we argue for further protections against such glitches through the implementation of artificial ethics-based behavioural safeguards. We begin by outlining the background and specific challenges of this emerging field, before proposing a direction for future research. We conclude with a call to action, arguing that significant cross-disciplinary research, and engagement from the HCI community is required in this area.

Keywords:Ethics, HCI, Virtual humans, Artificial intelligence, JCCluster
Subjects:G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G440 Human-computer Interaction
Divisions:College of Science > School of Computer Science
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Deposited On:19 Jan 2018 14:59

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