Legal vs. ethical obligations – a comment on the EPSRC’s principles for robotics

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Abstract

While the 2010 EPSRC principles for robotics state a set of five rules of what “should” be done, I argue they should differentiate between legal obligations and ethical demands. Only if we make this difference can we state clearly what the legal obligations already are, and what additional ethical demands we want to make. I provide suggestions how to revise the rules in this light and how to make them more structured.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-141
Number of pages5
JournalConnection Science
Volume29
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • killer robots
  • legal obligation
  • principles of robotics
  • Robot ethics
  • robot law

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