Moral Agents for Sustainable Transitions: Ethics, Politics, Design

Matthias Laschke, Amy Bucher, Paul Coulton, Marc Hassenzahl, Lenneke Kuijer, Carine Lallemand, Dan Lockton, Geke Ludden, Sebastian Deterding

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Artificial moral agents - systems that engage in explicit moral reasoning on their own and with users - present a potential new paradigm for behavior and system change for social and environmental sustainability. Moral agents could replace current individualist, prescriptive, inflexible, and opaque interventions with systems that transparently state their values and then openly deliberate and contest these with users, or agents that represent human and non-human stakeholders such as future generations, species, or ecosystems. Indeed, moral agents could mark a genuine new form of more-than-human interactions and human-technology relation, where we relate to artificial systems as a counterpart. To jointly articulate key questions and possible futures around moral agents, this workshop convenes HCI, AI, behaviour change, and critical and speculative design researchers and practitioners.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2023 - Extended Abstracts of the 2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)9781450394222
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2023
Event2023 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2023 - Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 23 Apr 202328 Apr 2023


Conference2023 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2023
Abbreviated titleCHI 2023
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Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported in part by the MOVEN research group, an interdisciplinary group funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (01UU2204A).

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  • artificial moral agents
  • behaviour change
  • more-than-human
  • sustainable HCI


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