Value Alignment, Fair Play, and the Rights of Service Robots

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Abstract

Ethics and safety research in artificial intelligence is increasingly framed in terms of "alignment" with human values and interests. I argue that Turing's call for "fair play for machines" is an early and often overlooked contribution to the alignment literature. Turing's appeal to fair play suggests a need to correct human behavior to accommodate our machines, a surprising inversion of how value alignment is treated today. Reflections on "fair play" motivate a novel interpretation of Turing's notorious "imitation game" as a condition not of intelligence but instead of value alignment: a machine demonstrates a minimal degree of alignment (with the norms of conversation, for instance) when it can go undetected when interrogated by a human. I carefully distinguish this interpretation from the Moral Turing Test, which is not motivated by a principle of fair play, but instead depends on imitation of human moral behavior. Finally, I consider how the framework of fair play can be used to situate the debate over robot rights within the alignment literature. I argue that extending rights to service robots operating in public spaces is "fair" in precisely the sense that it encourages an alignment of interests between humans and machines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIES 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 AAAI/ACM Conference on AI, Ethics, and Society
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages102-107
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450360128
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 27 2018
Event1st AAAI/ACM Conference on AI, Ethics, and Society, AIES 2018 - New Orleans, United States
Duration: Feb 2 2018Feb 3 2018

Publication series

NameAIES 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 AAAI/ACM Conference on AI, Ethics, and Society

Conference

Conference1st AAAI/ACM Conference on AI, Ethics, and Society, AIES 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Orleans
Period2/2/182/3/18

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Artificial Intelligence

Keywords

  • Alan Turing
  • fair play
  • robot rights
  • value alignment

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