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Traditionally, ethics is concerned with the proper conduct towards other human beings and towards non-human living beings. However, ethics nowadays also includes reflecting on the right and wrong actions regarding the environment, and recently it has come to include the reflection on how we should treat our robots. We will come back to the behavior towards our own creation in the last section. For now, let us turn to roboethics.
Generally speaking, roboethics is concerned with the examination and analysis of the ethical issues associated with the design and use of robots. For example, whether some robots should not bee used because they are a threat to human wellbeing or whether some robots infringe on values and human interests like privacy. And, again, ethical examination here is also concerned with providing reasons for positions and for certain actions. Please note that in this chapter we will focus on robots that possess a certain level of autonomy. Why the talk about autonomy here? Well, admittedly all robots raise some ethical questions but as a general rule the more autonomy the robot has, the more moral sensibility and more scrutinizing is required. So, the focus in in the next section is on robot technology that exhibits a certain amount of autonomy or ‘intelligence’, that is to say they are able to carry out certain tasks without human intervention. Keep in mind that autonomy of robots should not be confused with autonomy in humans, where it usually means to conduct one’s life according to one’s own reasons.
Generally speaking, roboethics is concerned with the examination and analysis of the ethical issues associated with the design and use of robots. For example, whether some robots should not be used because they are a threat to human wellbeing or whether some robots infringe on values and human interests like privacy. And, again, ethical examination here is also concerned with providing reasons for positions and for certain actions. Please note that in this chapter we will focus on robots that possess a certain level of autonomy. Why the talk about autonomy here? Well, admittedly all robots raise some ethical questions but as a general rule the more autonomy the robot has, the more moral sensibility and more scrutinizing is required. So, the focus in in the next section is on robot technology that exhibits a certain amount of autonomy or ‘intelligence’, that is to say they are able to carry out certain tasks without human intervention. Keep in mind that autonomy of robots should not be confused with autonomy in humans, where it usually means to conduct one’s life according to one’s own reasons.
A short summary of what we have addressed so far. First, we briefly looked at our obsession with artificial creatures and robots. Then, we introduced a simple way of classifying robots. Most importantly, we addressed ethics and roboethics. In the next section, we will look at some ethical issues that arise in connection to particular robot technologies. Specifically, we concentrate on 4 types of robot technologies: military robots, companion robots, assistive robots and last but not least, autonomous vehicles.
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