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Remember I, Robot the movie and the rules?

Sometimes when you see a movie, specific lines or scenes stick with you.  In the case of I, Robot for me it was Asimov's Laws for robots.  These were:-

  • A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  • A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  • A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

Science fiction has now become reality.  The British Standards Institute recently published a new set of standards for Robots - BS8611 Robots and robotic device Standards.  It includes areas such as whether an emotional bond with a robot is desirable, particularly when the robot is designed to interact with children or the elderly. 

The Guardian’s article, “Do no harm, don’t discriminate:  official guidance issued on robot ethics” is a fascinating view into the future.

Comments by Mary Sue Rogers

Posted On : 27-09-16

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