In his Inaugural Professorial Lecture on the 6th June Nigel Crook explored the possibility of building robots that have good moral character. Prof Crook argued that as robots become increasingly autonomous, humanlike and embedded in society, there will be an expectation and a need for them to be equipped with some degree of moral competence (‘functional morality‘). He also argued that robots should never be regarded as possessing the full moral agency that is commonly attributed to humans.
Prof Crook also includes in his inaugural lecture a summary of his personal and academic journey and his outlines his motivations for embarking on research into so called autonomous moral machines, bringing together concepts from philosophy of ethics, theology and cognitive science.
The video of the lecture can be found here.