Sunday, September 19, 2010

Robot Ethics and HLL

Visit the High Level Logic (HLL) Website
— Home of XPL (eXtensible Process Language)

It's like XML, but you can store source code in it.

Work on my next blog post just hit 2500 words (which I hope are well-chosen) and it looks like I'll be busy for a while trying to give a good introduction to the HLL concept, character, rationale and purpose (and state of project, etc.) before delving more deeply into the technology (and of course, working on the software).

There is however, a topic of special interest that I would like to write more about, particularly w.r.t. what HLL can have to do with creating autonomous moral agents, but for now will simply introduce quickly with some links.

Brainstorm Responds to Robot Ethics Challenge comments on the use of HLL in the context of international discussion on the topic.

Ethical and Legal Aspects of Unmanned Systems Interviews is a set of interviews conducted by Gerhard Dabringer, Institut für Religion und Frieden, for the Austrian military. My little contribution, which contains a similar description of HLL to that in the article above (and more) starts on page 169, titled; A Developer’s Perspective.

English language transcript of a Swedish television documentary on robot ethics (includes limited coverage of Barcelona experiment mentioned in my interview - video also available; see transcript).

If the topic, autonomous moral agents seems intriguing to you, I suggest Wallach and Allen's book; Moral Machines, Teaching Robots Right from Wrong. Their blog is (click) here.

And here's a link to the Robot Ethics Facebook group.

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