Intelligent Systems And Their Societies Walter Fritz

Experimental Ethics


Naturally we cannot make experiments in ethics on humans, but computer simulations are possible and have been made. (Whether politicians are continuously making experiments in ethics, with humans, could be debated.)
In one experiment it could be shown that in a trading community the best policy, the policy resulting in the highest profits is to cheat those traders that cheat you and to deal squarely with those that deal squarely with you. Experimental ethics is in its infancy but should become very useful eventually. It is an exact and easily controlled tool. It gives much faster answers then experiments with a population could; even if they were feasible. If something goes wrong, this tool can be switched off, it does not suffer as a human population would.


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Last Edited 15 May 2013 / Walter Fritz
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