Webinar: AI, Games and Ethics: How to Be a God
Wednesday 2nd December 2020, 6:30 pm.
Speaker: Dr Richard A. Bartle FBCS, Honorary Professor of Computer Game Design at the University of Essex
Venue: Online - please register here: https://edinburgh02122020.eventbrite.co.uk
The designers of computer games are the gods of the realities they create. The moral responsibilities they have with regard to their players and to wider society are much the same as with any creative medium or technology. However, suppose that Artificial Intelligence gets its act together and allows us to create non-player characters in our virtual worlds who are as smart as or smarter than we are. Do we have any duty of care towards the individuals whom we create? Are they morally-considerable beings or mere bits in a database? Would it be right, for example, to switch off their virtual world and consign them all to oblivion? Before we become the life-giving gods we are destined to be, we should agree how to should conduct ourselves towards those to whom we give said life. Is it indeed ethical to create them in the first place?
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