Service robots ethics
Dogramadzi, S. , Virk, G. , Tokhi, O. and Harper, C. (2009) Service robots ethics. In: Tosun, O. , Akin, H. , Tokhi, M. and Virk, G. , eds. (2009) Mobile Robotics Solutions and Challenges: Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines, Istanbul, Turkey, 9-11 September 2009. World Scientific Publishing Co., pp. 133-139.
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The area of robotics is moving from its traditional roots in the industrial sector as the entire robotic community is keen to develop new types of robots for new environments. This change is emphasis is being driven by many factors and it is now widely accepted that robots must become mass market products in order that they may fulfil their full potential in providing assistive capabilities to humans in a wide range of applications. This shift has been noticed and ISO has set up new standardization groups to investigate the robot standardization activities that need to be encouraged to facilitate the commercialisation of new types of robots throughout the world. The robotic community has been developing prototype robotic systems for a variety of new applications and many new sectors are causing concern and if they should be encouraged or not. This has started an ethical debate on what should be encouraged and if there are robot applications that should be discouraged. It is accepted that robot applications that generically improve the quality of life for humans should be encouraged but areas which promote unethical areas of human activities should be looked at more closely to determine of robots should be allowed to enter these sector or not; this includes applications such as military applications, sex robots, fully autonomous robots, etc. In view of these developments, discussions have commenced within ISO so that internationally accepted views can be formulated and accepted. This paper presents the start of these deliberations and raises some of the important issues that need to be debated so that internationally accepted views can be agreed at the ISO level so that commercialisation of only the accepted systems is permitted across international boundaries.
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