Could machines help us be more ethical?

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Even as a professional ethicist, I’ll admit it’s not easy to live an ethical life. Heck, it’s a slog at times. Choosing to living well means thinking critically about choices that most people make automatically. Sometimes it means committing to courses of action we don’t enjoy, drawing solace from the knowledge that the greater good…

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AI to date has codified human logic and human knowledge but has missed emotional reasoning. I don’t believe emotion is a layer on logic but rather a sub symbolic form of knowledge that alludes representation (to date). Until AI can embody this I don’t think it’s a suitable independent moral reasoner — although it could be nonetheless be helpful as an assistant/tacking tool.