10 Feb '18, 10am

Why Ethical Robots Might Not Be Such a Good Idea After All

First there is the risk that an unscrupulous manufacturer might insert some unethical behaviors into their robots in order to exploit naive or vulnerable users for financial gain, or perhaps to gain some market advantage (here the VW diesel emissions scandal of 2015 comes to mind). There are no technical steps that would mitigate this risk, but the reputational damage from being found out is undoubtedly a significant disincentive. Compliance with ethical standards such as BS 8611 guide to the ethical design and application of robots and robotic systems , or emerging new IEEE P700X “human” standards would also support manufacturers in the ethical application of ethical robots. Perhaps more serious is the risk arising from robots that have user adjustable ethics settings . Here the danger arises from the possibility that either the user or a technical support engineer mistak...

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