Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics

Living Edition
| Editors: Henk ten Have


  • Michael SleasmanEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-05544-2_389-1


The expansion of human capability through emerging technologies resulting from converging developments in advanced robotics, information technology, and the cognitive sciences has served as a point of fascination for literature and the box office alike, but it also is transforming the landscape of contemporary medicine, science, and technology. Developments in robotics over the past few decades in manufacturing, shipping, and military applications have already begun to profoundly reshape these industries. Similarly, the healthcare, service industries, and the transportation sector are poised to join this robotic revolution through the increasing sophistication of surgical robots and other robotic caregivers. Given the vast potential of this form of emerging technologies, this entry explores the field of robotic technology across a wide range of industries and the subsequent discourse of robot ethics to consider if there are inherent concerns or dangers in the utilization of these emerging technologies. Additional attention is given to ethical considerations and social implications of these technologies, as well as to legal and other policy questions raised with respect to regulating robotics for the public good.


Artificial intelligence Converging technologies Emerging technology Nanotechnology Precautionary principle Risk assessment Technology ethics 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Center for Bioethics & Human DignityTrinity International UniversityDeerfieldUSA