Morality Plays

Morality Plays

Researchers at an artificial intelligence lab at the University of Washington say they have built a new technology that makes moral judgments. But it turns out that making such judgments can be as complicated for machines as it can be for humans.

Do you think morals are universal or relative? Where do our ideas of morality come from? Can immoral acts ever be committed in the service of good? Can a moral choice ever have negative consequences?

Tell us in the comments, then read the related article to learn more about the new A.I.

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