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Roboethics: Fundamental Concepts and Future Prospects

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Zographou, GR 15773 Athens, Greece
Information 2018, 9(6), 148; https://doi.org/10.3390/info9060148
Received: 31 May 2018 / Revised: 13 June 2018 / Accepted: 13 June 2018 / Published: 20 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue ROBOETHICS)
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Abstract

Many recent studies (e.g., IFR: International Federation of Robotics, 2016) predict that the number of robots (industrial, service/social, intelligent/autonomous) will increase enormously in the future. Robots are directly involved in human life. Industrial robots, household robots, medical robots, assistive robots, sociable/entertainment robots, and war robots all play important roles in human life and raise crucial ethical problems for our society. The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the fundamental concepts of robot ethics (roboethics) and some future prospects of robots and roboethics, as an introduction to the present Special Issue of the journal Information on “Roboethics”. We start with the question of what roboethics is, as well as a discussion of the methodologies of roboethics, including a brief look at the branches and theories of ethics in general. Then, we outline the major branches of roboethics, namely: medical roboethics, assistive roboethics, sociorobot ethics, war roboethics, autonomous car ethics, and cyborg ethics. Finally, we present the prospects for the future of robotics and roboethics. View Full-Text
Keywords: ethics; roboethics; technoethics; robot morality; sociotechnical system; ethical liability; assistive roboethics; medical roboethics; sociorobot ethics; war roboethics; cyborg ethics ethics; roboethics; technoethics; robot morality; sociotechnical system; ethical liability; assistive roboethics; medical roboethics; sociorobot ethics; war roboethics; cyborg ethics
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