The Ethical Roboticist

draft ethical principles of robotics:

  1. Robots are multi-use tools. Robots should not be designed solely or primarily to kill or harm humans, except in the interests of national security.
  2. Humans, not robots, are responsible agents. Robots should be designed & operated as far as is practicable to comply with existing laws and fundamental rights & freedoms, including privacy.
  3. Robots are products. They should be designed using processes which assure their safety and security.
  4. Robots are manufactured artefacts. They should not be designed in a deceptive way to exploit vulnerable users; instead their machine nature should be transparent.
  5. The person with legal responsibility for a robot should be attributed.
Devised by EPSRC/AHRC working group, September 2010.

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further information and links:

Full statement of ethical principles drafted by EPSRC/AHRC working group
EPSRC press release Leading scientists consider the ethics of robots