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Robot Ethics: The Ethical and Social Implications of Robotics

PUBLISHER Mit Press (01/10/2014)
PRODUCT TYPE Paperback (Paperback)

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Prominent experts from science and the humanities explore issues in robot ethics that range from sex to war.

Robots today serve in many roles, from entertainer to educator to executioner. As robotics technology advances, ethical concerns become more pressing: Should robots be programmed to follow a code of ethics, if this is even possible? Are there risks in forming emotional bonds with robots? How might society--and ethics--change with robotics? This volume is the first book to bring together prominent scholars and experts from both science and the humanities to explore these and other questions in this emerging field.

Starting with an overview of the issues and relevant ethical theories, the topics flow naturally from the possibility of programming robot ethics to the ethical use of military robots in war to legal and policy questions, including liability and privacy concerns. The contributors then turn to human-robot emotional relationships, examining the ethical implications of robots as sexual partners, caregivers, and servants. Finally, they explore the possibility that robots, whether biological-computational hybrids or pure machines, should be given rights or moral consideration.

Ethics is often slow to catch up with technological developments. This authoritative and accessible volume fills a gap in both scholarly literature and policy discussion, offering an impressive collection of expert analyses of the most crucial topics in this increasingly important field.

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ISBN-13: 9780262526005
ISBN-10: 026252600X
Binding: Paperback or Softback (Trade Paperback (Us))
Content Language: English
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Page Count: 386
Carton Quantity: 28
Product Dimensions: 6.68 x 0.70 x 8.86 inches
Weight: 1.30 pound(s)
Feature Codes: Bibliography, Index, Price on Product, Table of Contents, Illustrated
Country of Origin: US
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BISAC Categories
Technology & Engineering | Robotics
Technology & Engineering | Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Technology & Engineering | Business Ethics
Grade Level: College Freshman and up
Dewey Decimal: 174.962
Library of Congress Control Number: 2011016639
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Prominent experts from science and the humanities explore issues in robot ethics that range from sex to war.

Robots today serve in many roles, from entertainer to educator to executioner. As robotics technology advances, ethical concerns become more pressing: Should robots be programmed to follow a code of ethics, if this is even possible? Are there risks in forming emotional bonds with robots? How might society--and ethics--change with robotics? This volume is the first book to bring together prominent scholars and experts from both science and the humanities to explore these and other questions in this emerging field.

Starting with an overview of the issues and relevant ethical theories, the topics flow naturally from the possibility of programming robot ethics to the ethical use of military robots in war to legal and policy questions, including liability and privacy concerns. The contributors then turn to human-robot emotional relationships, examining the ethical implications of robots as sexual partners, caregivers, and servants. Finally, they explore the possibility that robots, whether biological-computational hybrids or pure machines, should be given rights or moral consideration.

Ethics is often slow to catch up with technological developments. This authoritative and accessible volume fills a gap in both scholarly literature and policy discussion, offering an impressive collection of expert analyses of the most crucial topics in this increasingly important field.

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Editor: Abney, Keith
Keith Abney is a philosopher of science and Senior Lecturer at California Polytechnic State University.
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Editor: Lin, Patrick
Patrick Lin is a philosopher and Director of the Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group, based at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
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Editor: Bekey, George A.
George A. Bekey is Professor Emeritus in Computer Science at University of Southern California and Distinguished Professor of Engineering at California Polytechnic State University.
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