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Robot Ethics Urged
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Written by Daniel   
Friday, 19 December 2008 11:18
As service robots become increasingly common, one AI expert worries that no international regulations or policy guidelines exist beyond laws designed to punish negligence.

By Thomas Claburn
InformationWeek
December 19, 2008 05:00 AM

The robots are coming and they must be regulated before it's too late.

Noel Sharkey, professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at the University of Sheffield, makes that argument in The Ethical Frontiers of Robotics, an article in the December 19 issue of Science. Sharkey is calling for international guidelines to establish how robots can operate safely and ethically.

Citing widespread use of robots used for elder-care, like Secom's "My Spoon" automatic feeding robot and the Mitsubishi Wakamura medicine-reminder robot, Sharkey says service robots are becoming increasingly common. But he worries that no international regulations or policy guidelines exist beyond laws designed to punish negligence. [Comments...]
 

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