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By Filippo Santoni de Sio
Ethics

Robot ethics

The robotic revolution brings also new big ethical challenges. A decade or so, the term “robot ethics” was coined to describe the effort of creating a systematic reflection on the principles which should guide the design, development and employment of intelligent machines. There is some disagreement about “what we should want from a robot ethics”, with some claiming that we should (mainly) work on embedding some form of morality into intelligent machines, that is “teaching robots right and wrong”, and others going as far as claiming that we should (also) consider the ethics of how we should treat robots; however, in the short run it is advisable to see robot ethics mainly as the reflection of the duties, rights, virtues of the human beings designing, developing and using robots; in a slogan: robot ethics should mainly focus on the humans behind the robots. In this sense robot ethics may be seen as a specific chapter of the general framework of Responsible Innovation.

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