Summary: Some Ethical Aspects of Agency Machines Based on
By Francesco Amigoni, Viola Schiaffonati, Marco
Politecnico di Milano - Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Project
The adoption of increasingly powerful and flexible machines developed
within artificial intelligence, like agencies, envisages a novel
anthropological framework of man and his relation to machines. The paper
aims to present some innovative ethical observations that are stimulated by
this new anthropological framework.
The growing impact of computer science on human society stimulates
several ethical considerations that are enriched and enhanced when we
refer to powerful and flexible machines, called agencies, developed within
artificial intelligence. An agency is a machine composed of several
cooperating inferential entities called agents, which are computer or robots
[Amigoni et al., 1999c].
The purpose of this paper is to present some innovative ethical
observations that arise from the adoption of agencies in the conceptual