Several days ago the New York Times carried an article, by Colin Allen regarding whether machines (computers, robots etc) can develop morality. Allen is sceptical of Raymond Kurzweil’s concept of “the Singularity” (the point at which machine intelligence surpasses that of humans). He is, in addition sceptical that machines can ever develop morality in the way in which humans understand the term.
The issues addressed by the author in the article and in his book are gaining increasing importance as machines play an ever greater role in the care of the elderly and in other spheres. For the article please visit http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/25/the-future-of-moral-machines/