Sunday, March 18, 2007

Robot Code of Ethics Being Drawn Up

South Korea has taken the first steps that could perhaps make real Isaac Asimov's three laws of robotics presented in the short story "Runaround" and used to good effect in the movie "I Robot" It states that robots may not injure humans or, through inaction, allow humans to come to harm; robots must obey human orders unless they conflict with the first law; and robots must protect themselves if this does not conflict with the other laws. However, the focus of the charter revolves more on "social problems that can arise from human control over robots and humans becoming addicted to robot interaction." Pictured is a Japanese-made human-like robot (Repliee Q1) reacting to a guest's "annoying" actions.

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