, Volume 22, Issue 3, pp 349–366 | Cite as

Ethical regulations on robotics in Europe

  • Michael NagenborgEmail author
  • Rafael Capurro
  • Jutta Weber
  • Christoph Pingel
Original Article


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.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Nagenborg
    • 1
    Email author
  • Rafael Capurro
    • 2
  • Jutta Weber
    • 3
  • Christoph Pingel
    • 4
  1. 1.Institut fuer PhilosophieUniversitaet KarlsruheKarlsruheGermany
  2. 2.Hochschule der MedienStuttgartGermany
  3. 3.Centre for Interdisciplinary StudiesUniversitaet Duisburg-EssenDuisburgGermany
  4. 4.Centre for Art and MediaKarlsruheGermany

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