Moral artificial intelligence and machine puritanism

Jean-François Bonnefon


Puritanism may evolve into a technological variant based on norms of delegation of actions and perceptions to Artificial Intelligence. Instead of training self-control, people may be expected to cede their agency to self-controlled machines. The cost-benefit balance of this machine puritanism may be less aversive to wealthy individualistic democracies than the old puritanism they have abandoned.

Published in

Behavioral and Brain Sciences, vol. 46, n. e297, 2023