Author and entrepreneur Jerry Kaplan offers an interesting intensive course on computational ethics, the idea that robots and machines will require programming to make them aware of morals, decorum, customs and the various Others Social nuances. Jerry Kaplan's latest book is "Humans Do not Need to Apply: A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence" (

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Transcription – As machines become more and more autonomous with what they mean they can feel their surroundings and they can make decisions about what to do or what not to do. Of course it is based on programming and your experience. But we do not have direct control over what they do as we do today with the types of technology we have. Now there are a couple of very interesting consequences of that. One is that they will be confronted with having to make ethical decisions. I will call it junior ethics is to make socially appropriate decisions. So we are taking machines and we are putting them in situations where they are around people. And something we take for granted and it seems so natural that machines do not take for granted and do not find natural are the normal types of social courtesies and conventions that we operate when dealing with other people. You do not want to have a robot that is doing a delivery run down the sidewalk and everyone has to get out of the way. You have to be able to walk in a crowd in a socially appropriate way. Your self-contained car, right. There are a lot of very interesting ethical issues that arise, but many of them are just social. All right, get on the pedestrian crossing. Should you cross? I waited? How are you going to point it out? It's right now social conventions should make eye contact with the driver and tell you if you cross. (Read the full transcript here:

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