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Auf dem Weg zu einer Maschinenethik

Am 15. März 2013 trug Oliver Bendel bei der European TA Conference (PACITA Conference) in Prag zur Maschinenethik vor, im Rahmen der Session Ethical Aspects of TA, die auf der Website wie folgt beschrieben wird: „Which ethical dilemmas are evident in selecting technologies? This session dares a tour d’horizon of ethical expertise and TA and focuses on ethical questions in selecting health technologies, on autonomous machines tested as agents or robots, on conditions for gaining acceptance of technological development and on social sustainability.“ Insgesamt waren vier Vorträge vorgesehen, von denen drei gehalten wurden: Dr. Miriam Ines Siebzehner referierte zu „Ethical dilemmas in selecting health-care technologies in Israel“, Prof. Dr. Oliver Bendel zu „Towards a Machine Ethics“, Dr. Petr Machleidt zu „Technology assessment as applied ethics of technology in the Czech Republic“. Die Folien zu den Vorträgen sind seit Ende März 2013 über pacita.strast.cz/en/conference/programme/xvii-ethical-aspects-of-ta erhältlich. Oliver Bendel leitete mit folgenden Worten ein: „In this presentation the young field of machine ethics is explored. Technology assessment (TA) is concerned with the consequences of technical developments, and some of its topics have moral dimensions. It could be valuable for TA to keep an eye on machine ethics. The main question of this presentation is whether and how it is possible to implement morality into autonomous machines.“ Er definierte die Maschinenethik, strukturierte ihr Anwendungsfeld, erklärte, welche normativen Modelle sich besonders gut für eine Implementierung eignen, und widmete sich technischen Details, zu denen Dr. Gwendolin Wilke, eine Expertin für Fuzzylogik, beigetragen hatte. Oliver Bendel schloss mit folgender Einschätzung: „The speaker is sceptical about the possibility of implementing a moral code in a machine in a satisfactory manner. Moreover, the requirements of machine processing could be different from system to system (and even from situation to situation), and an approach which works well in one environment can fail in another. However, there will be substantial interest from the fields of industry and military that would like to bring their solutions into the market respectively to the areas of conflict, and, in a different sense, of philosophy to solve some of the central questions. To say it from the philosophical point of view: Machine ethics will be the touchstone of ethics in general.“