Tom Williams


Late Breaking Reports of the 13th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction

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Recent work on natural language generation algorithms for human-robot interaction has not considered the ethical implications of such algorithms. In this work, we argue that simply by asking for clarification, a robot may unintentionally communicate that it would be willing to perform an unethical action, even if it has ethical programming that would prevent it from doing so. In doing so, the robot may not only miscommunicate its own ethical programming, but negatively influence the morality of its human teammates.