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Robot ethics and law Part one: ethics

Robot ethics and law Part one: ethics Purpose – This first part of a two‐part paper aims to provide an insight into the ethical and legal issues associated with certain classes of robot. This part is concerned with ethics. Design/methodology/approach – Following an introduction, this paper first considers the ethical deliberations surrounding robots used in warfare and healthcare. It then addresses the issue of robot truth and deception and subsequently discusses some on‐going deliberations and possible ways forward. Finally, brief conclusions are drawn. Findings – Robot ethics are the topic of wide‐ranging debate and encompass such diverse applications as military drones and robotic carers. Many ethical considerations have been raised including philosophical issues such as moral behaviour and truth and deception. Preliminary research suggests that some of these concerns may be ameliorated through the use of software which encompasses ethical principles. It is widely recognised that a multidisciplinary approach is required and there is growing evidence of this. Originality/value – This paper provides an insight into the highly topical and complex issue of robot ethics. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Industrial Robot: An International Journal Emerald Publishing

Robot ethics and law Part one: ethics

Industrial Robot: An International Journal , Volume 41 (4): 5 – Jun 10, 2014

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2014 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0143-991X
DOI
10.1108/IR-04-2014-0328
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Abstract

Purpose – This first part of a two‐part paper aims to provide an insight into the ethical and legal issues associated with certain classes of robot. This part is concerned with ethics. Design/methodology/approach – Following an introduction, this paper first considers the ethical deliberations surrounding robots used in warfare and healthcare. It then addresses the issue of robot truth and deception and subsequently discusses some on‐going deliberations and possible ways forward. Finally, brief conclusions are drawn. Findings – Robot ethics are the topic of wide‐ranging debate and encompass such diverse applications as military drones and robotic carers. Many ethical considerations have been raised including philosophical issues such as moral behaviour and truth and deception. Preliminary research suggests that some of these concerns may be ameliorated through the use of software which encompasses ethical principles. It is widely recognised that a multidisciplinary approach is required and there is growing evidence of this. Originality/value – This paper provides an insight into the highly topical and complex issue of robot ethics.

Journal

Industrial Robot: An International JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 10, 2014

Keywords: Robots; Ethics; Roboethics; Autonomy; Drones

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