The Ethics of Robotics

by   Kush Agrawal, et al.

The three laws of Robotics first appeared together in Isaac Asimov's story 'Runaround' after being mentioned in some form or the other in previous works by Asimov. These three laws commonly known as the three laws of robotics are the earliest forms of depiction for the needs of ethics in Robotics. In simplistic language Isaac Asimov is able to explain what rules a robot must confine itself to in order to maintain societal sanctity. However, even though they are outdated they still represent some of our innate fears which are beginning to resurface in present day 21st Century. Our society is on the advent of a new revolution; a revolution led by advances in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence & Nanotechnology. Some of our advances have been so phenomenal that we surpassed what was predicted by the Moore's law. With these advancements comes the fear that our future may be at the mercy of these androids. Humans today are scared that we, ourselves, might create something which we cannot control. We may end up creating something which can not only learn much faster than anyone of us can, but also evolve faster than what the theory of evolution has allowed us to. The greatest fear is not only that we might lose our jobs to these intelligent beings, but that these beings might end up replacing us at the top of the cycle. The public hysteria has been heightened more so by a number of cultural works which depict annihilation of the human race by robots. Right from Frankenstein to I, Robot mass media has also depicted such issues. This paper is an effort to understand the need for ethics in Robotics or simply termed as Roboethics. This is achieved by the study of artificial beings and the thought being put behind them. By the end of the paper, however, it is concluded that there isn't a need for ethical robots but more so ever a need for ethical roboticists.


Robotics Rights and Ethics Rules

It is very important to adhere strictly to ethical and social influences...

On Robot Revolution and Taxation

Advances in artificial intelligence are resulting in the rapid automatio...

Aztarna, a footprinting tool for robots

Industry 4.0 is changing the commonly held assumption that robots are to...

Future Intelligent Autonomous Robots, Ethical by Design. Learning from Autonomous Cars Ethics

Development of the intelligent autonomous robot technology presupposes i...

Do Artificial Reinforcement-Learning Agents Matter Morally?

Artificial reinforcement learning (RL) is a widely used technique in art...

Adding Salt to Pepper: A Structured Security Assessment over a Humanoid Robot

The rise of connectivity, digitalisation, and robotics, combined with th...

A New Charter of Ethics and Rights of Artificial Consciousness in a Human World

Taking the stance that artificially conscious agents should be given hum...

Please sign up or login with your details

Forgot password? Click here to reset