Sunday, December 21, 2008

Do you need protection from robots?

Top robotics expert Professor Noel Sharkey, of the University of Sheffield thinks so. He has called for international guidelines to be set for the ethical and safe application of robots. Sharkey believes that as the use of robots increases, decisions about their application will be left to the military, industry and busy parents instead of international legislative bodies. He is concerned because the amount of various helper robots is on the rise. Despite this no international legislation or policy guidelines currently exist.

This has science fiction written all over it, Asimov played with the idea in several stories. Sharkey, despite the crackpot feel to the idea, does make some points....Like who should make the decision to set controls?

<- Read more in Science Daily ->

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