Judging actions on the basis of prima facie duties. The case of self-driving cars

Piotr Kulicki, Robert Trypuz: Judging actions on the basis of prima facie duties. The case of self-driving cars. In: Logic and Logical Philosophy, Forthcoming.

Abstract

In this paper we propose a formal model that supports moral decisions making by autonomous agents such as for example autonomous vehicles. Such a model—which we call a “Deontic Machine”—helps resolve both typical and atypical moral and legal situations that agents may encounter. The Deontic Machine has two sources of inspiration. The first one is W.D. Ross’s theory of prima facie norms and the other one is a deontic multi- valued logic. The main contribution of this paper is bringing together conceptual and technical tools of deontic logic to show how they can be used to control or assess the behaviour of a self-driving car.

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    @article{llp2018,
    title = {Judging actions on the basis of prima facie duties. The case of self-driving cars},
    author = {Piotr Kulicki and Robert Trypuz},
    year  = {2018},
    date = {2018-08-01},
    journal = {Logic and Logical Philosophy},
    abstract = {In this paper we propose a formal model that supports moral decisions making by autonomous agents such as for example autonomous vehicles. Such a model—which we call a “Deontic Machine”—helps resolve both typical and atypical moral and legal situations that agents may encounter. The Deontic Machine has two sources of inspiration. The first one is W.D. Ross’s theory of prima facie norms and the other one is a deontic multi- valued logic. The main contribution of this paper is bringing together conceptual and technical tools of deontic logic to show how they can be used to control or assess the behaviour of a self-driving car.},
    keywords = {deontic action logic, deontic logic},
    pubstate = {forthcoming},
    tppubtype = {article}
    }