Machine Law, Ethics, and Morality in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
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Machine Law, Ethics, and Morality in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Steven John Thompson (University of California, Davis, USA & University of Maryland Global Campus, USA)
Projected Release Date: October, 2020|Copyright: © 2021 |Pages: 400|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4894-3
ISBN13: 9781799848943|ISBN10: 1799848949|EISBN13: 9781799848950|ISBN13 Softcover: 9781799867982


Machines and computers are becoming increasingly sophisticated and self-sustaining. As we integrate such technologies into our daily lives, questions concerning moral integrity and best practices arise. A changing world requires renegotiating our current set of standards. Without best practices to guide interaction and use with these complex machines, interaction with them will turn disastrous.

Machine Law, Ethics, and Morality in the Age of Artificial Intelligence is a collection of innovative research that presents holistic and transdisciplinary approaches to the field of machine ethics and morality and offers up-to-date and state-of-the-art perspectives on the advancement of definitions, terms, policies, philosophies, and relevant determinants related to human-machine ethics. The book encompasses theory and practice sections for each topical component of important areas of human-machine ethics both in existence today and prospective for the future. While highlighting a broad range of topics including facial recognition, health and medicine, and privacy and security, this book is ideally designed for ethicists, philosophers, scientists, lawyers, politicians, government lawmakers, researchers, academicians, and students. It is of special interest to decision- and policy-makers concerned with the identification and adoption of human-machine ethics initiatives, leading to needed policy adoption and reform for human-machine entities, their technologies, and their societal and legal obligations.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Design and Regulation
  • Drones
  • Engineering Ethics
  • Facial Recognition
  • Health and Medicine
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Privacy and Security
  • Societal Impact
  • Surveillance
  • Technophilia and Technophobia

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Steven John Thompson is a theorist-practitioner in digital literacy, ethics, media studies, new media, rhetorics, and professional, science and technical communication, often teaching courses online. Dr. Thompson has taught at Johns Hopkins University, Dartmouth College, Clemson University, Georgia Southern University, Towson University, and University of Maryland Global Campus. He was Editor of Androids, Cyborgs, and Robots in Contemporary Culture and Society, published by IGI-Global in 2018, and Global Issues and Ethical Considerations in Human Enhancement Technologies, published by IGI Global in 2014. Dr. Thompson published pioneering quantitative research on Internet addiction and dependency in 1996, and presented his iconics theory on agency of terrorism images as virtual subscripts of artificial intelligence at University of Basel in 2009. He was plenary closing academic panel discussant at UNESCO’s First International Forum on Media and Information Literacy in Fez, Morocco in 2011. His research has been presented in over a dozen countries across four continents. Visit