In spite of the popularity of computer ethics, ICTs appear to undermine our moral autonomy in several ways. This article focuses on the 'delegation' of our moral agency to machines. Three stages of delegation are distinguished: implementation of moral values and norms in the design of artefacts, delegation of moral means to machines, and delegation of both moral means and goals to machines. Second, it is argued that the 'outsourcing' of moral agency does not necessarily lead to the undermining of our moral autonomy, but might enhance it as well.

ICTs, Man-machine interaction, Moral autonomy, Moral mediation
Techne: Research in Philosophy and Technology
Erasmus University Rotterdam

De Mul, J. (2010). Moral Machines: ICTs as Mediators of Human Agency. Techne: Research in Philosophy and Technology, 14(3), 226–236. Retrieved from