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RoboLaw: Regulating robotics (video)

What legal rights should a robot have? In this video, Polo Sant'Anna Valdera, one of the leading research centres for robotics, raises this important question. Innovation raises new legal and ethica...
14 February 2017, by

Quest for Roboethics: An interview with Prof. Rafael Capurro

In this interview, we invited Prof. Rafael Capurro to share his insights on past, current, and future trends in robot ethics....
14 February 2017, by

Open Roboethics initiative delivers statement to United Nations CCW

On Friday November 13th, AJung Moon from the Open Roboethics initiative delivered a statement at the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) Meeting of States Parties....
17 November 2015, by

How ethical is your ethical robot?

If you're in the business of making ethical robots, then sooner or later you have to face the question: how ethical is your ethical robot? If you've read my previous blog posts then you will probably...
13 November 2015, by

Teaching robots to behave ethically

What should a robot nurse do when a cancer patient begs for more morphine but the supervising doctor is not available to approve the request? Should a self-driving car prevent its owner from taking ov...
05 May 2015, by and

Should a care robot bring an alcoholic a drink? It depends on who owns the robot

In a care scenario, a robot may have been purchased by the patient, by the doctor or hospital (which sent it home with the patient to monitor their health), or by a concerned family member who wants t...
24 February 2015, by



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Should ownership influence the decision-making of a care robot?

For the past few months, the Open Roboethics initiative have been exploring the topic of care robots. During one of our meetings, we got into a discussion about whether the ownership of a robot sho...
11 February 2015, by

Robo-Wars: The regulation of robotic weapons

Robotic weapons, whether autonomous or remote controlled, have generated widespread controversy in recent years. Alex Leveringhaus, James Martin Fellow, Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed ...

Clearpath’s public stance on Killer Robots sets precedence in corporate responsibility

Last week the Waterloo-based Clearpath publicly pledged not to develop lethal autonomous weapons, otherwise known as "killer robots". In an open letter to the public, Clearpath's CTO Ryan Gariepy wr...
20 August 2014, by







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