Enforcing Machine Ethics: Considering Governor Modules through Martha Wells’s Murderbot Diaries

Will Slocombe, Louise Dennis

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Abstract

This chapter examines the ways in which “governor modules,” a form of technological intervention that can control how an AI behaves and is permitted to act, are represented in Martha Wells’s Murderbot Diaries series. Exploring the assumptions behind the technology in the series—what kind of actions it prohibits, and how it prohibits them—it then turns to current research in the field of computer science to examine how current models of “model judges” compare to Wells’s fictional setting. In so doing, it seeks to consider how autonomy and agency are constrained by such technologies, and the problems involved in situating and programming such a system.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMinding the Future
Subtitle of host publicationArtificial Intelligence, Philosophical Visions and Science Fiction
EditorsBarry Dainton, Will Slocombe, Attila Tanyi
PublisherSpringer Nature
Pages65-86
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9783030642693
ISBN (Print)9783030642686
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2021

Publication series

NameScience and Fiction
PublisherSpringer
ISSN (Print)2197-1188
ISSN (Electronic)2197-1196

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