Robot Ethics: The Ethical and Social Implications of Robotics

Robot Ethics: The Ethical and Social Implications of Robotics

by Patrick Lin
     
 

Robots today serve in many roles, from entertainer to educator to executioner. As robotics technology advances, ethical concerns become more pressing:
Should robots be programmed to follow a code of ethics, if this is even possible?
Are there risks in forming emotional bonds with robots? How might society -- and ethics -- change with robotics? This

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Robots today serve in many roles, from entertainer to educator to executioner. As robotics technology advances, ethical concerns become more pressing:
Should robots be programmed to follow a code of ethics, if this is even possible?
Are there risks in forming emotional bonds with robots? How might society -- and ethics -- change with robotics? This volume is the first book to bring together prominent scholars and experts from both science and the humanities to explore these and other questions in this emerging field.

Starting with an overview of the issues and relevant ethical theories, the topics flow naturally from the possibility of programming robot ethics to the ethical use of military robots in war to legal and policy questions, including liability and privacy concerns. The contributors then turn to human-robot emotional relationships, examining the ethical implications of robots as sexual partners, caregivers, and servants. Finally, they explore the possibility that robots, whether biological-computational hybrids or pure machines, should be given rights or moral consideration.

Ethics is often slow to catch up with technological developments. This authoritative and accessible volume fills a gap in both scholarly literature and policy discussion, offering an impressive collection of expert analyses of the most crucial topics in this increasingly important field.

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"The book is an excellent primer on ethics and philosophy. It is definitely accessible to an undergraduate student—perhaps in the context of an undergraduate engineering ethics course. It is also a valuable reference for roboticists, providing an awareness of the social concerns related to their research." — R. S. Stansbury, Choice
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The book is an excellent primer on ethics and philosophy. It is definitely accessible to an undergraduate student -- perhaps in the context of an undergraduate engineering ethics course. It is also a valuable reference for roboticists, providing an awareness of the social concerns related to their research.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262526005
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
01/31/2014
Series:
Intelligent Robotics and Autonomous Agents series
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
1,426,853
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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"The book is an excellent primer on ethics and philosophy. It is definitely accessible to an undergraduate student—perhaps in the context of an undergraduate engineering ethics course. It is also a valuable reference for roboticists, providing an awareness of the social concerns related to their research." — R. S. Stansbury, Choice

The MIT Press

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