Thursday, 15 November 2007

Robot Ethics

I am working on a piece related to the Korean Charter of Robot Ethics and the love/sex doll connection. Wondering if I might draw on feminist ethics and feminists theories of technology to consider some of the underlying assumptions underpinning the Charter. For instance, if the the Charter is founded on the Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics and we consider this to be written from a morally Deontological perspective, what implications does this lead to?

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

If the Charter is being developed by all men (futurists, speculative fiction writer, industry, government), what voices are being overlooked, ignored, not considered?

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