How do you teach a machine to be moral?

Humanoid communication robot Kirobo talks with Fuminori Kataoka, project general manager from Toyota Motor Corp., during a Tokyo press unveiling in 2013. (Shizuo Kambayashi/Associated Press)Each week, In Theory takes on a big idea in the news and explores it from a range of perspectives. This week we’re talking about robot intelligence. Need a primer? Catch up here. Francesca Rossi is a professor of computer science at the University of Padova in Italy currently on leave at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. She is the former president of the International Joint Conference on AI. Artificial intelligence has met with persistent skepticism since the term was coined at Dartmouth College in 1955. Recently, however, the research has greatly accelerated. A society of natural and artificial minds, one in which humans and AI technology live…

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