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Rise of Roboethics

Lee Billings writes in Seed:

In April, the government of Japan released more than 60 pages of recommendations to “secure the safe performance of next-generation robots,” which called for a centralized database to log all robot-inflicted human injuries. That same month, the European Robotics Research Network (EURON) updated its “Roboethics Roadmap,” a document broadly listing the ethical implications of projected developments like robotic surgeons, soldiers, and sex workers. And in March, South Korea provided a sneak peek at its “Robot Ethics Charter” slated for release later in 2007. The charter envisioned a near future wherein humans may run the risk of becoming emotionally dependent on or addicted to their robots.

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  1. July 23, 2007 at 8:42 am


    Roboethics is quickly gaining ground as service and military robots are slowly entering our daily lives. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in association with the Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) has established the Roboethics technical committee with the aim “to provide the IEEE-RAS with a framework for analyzing the ethical implications of robotics research, by promoting the discussion among researchers, philosophers, ethicists, and manufacturers, but also by supporting the establishment of shared tools for managing ethical issues in this context.”

    Roboetchis will hold a technical workshop this coming April during the International Conference in Robotics and Automation (ICRA) to be held in Rome, Italy. The goal of the workshop, as stated on the official website, is
    a cross-cultural update for engineering scientists who wish to monitor the medium and long effects of applied robotics technologies
    The one day workshop includes a number of talks on the issues around Human-Robot Interaction (HRI,) the methodology of developing service robots and finally the implications surrounding the development of robot technologies and the actions undertaken by research scientists to address the ethical implications of such technologies.

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