Ethical Robot Design

A recent article in The Guardian cited an April 2016 report from the British Standards Institute that attempts to lay out guidelines for the ethical design and use of robotics.  The report itself has to be purchased (£158), but the post lists a few of the areas it addresses:

  • robot deception
  • robot addiction
  • self-learning systems exceeding their remits

The article claims that this report is the first of its kind.  If that’s the case, we should expect an increasing number of such attempts to develop ethical frameworks for machines, writ large.  We would expect something of an exponential increase in attention and initiatives on ethics and law regarding machines in all their forms over the next decade.

Do no harm, don’t discriminate: official guidance issued on robot ethics.”

Robots and robotic devices. Guide to the ethical design and application of robots and robotic systems.

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