Ethical regulations on robotics in Europe
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- Nagenborg, M., Capurro, R., Weber, J. et al. AI & Soc (2008) 22: 349. doi:10.1007/s00146-007-0153-y
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There are only a few ethical regulations that deal explicitly with robots, in contrast to a vast number of regulations, which may be applied. We will focus on ethical issues with regard to “responsibility and autonomous robots”, “machines as a replacement for humans”, and “tele-presence”. Furthermore we will examine examples from special fields of application (medicine and healthcare, armed forces, and entertainment). We do not claim to present a complete list of ethical issue nor of regulations in the field of robotics, but we will demonstrate that there are legal challenges with regard to these issues.