Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Robotic age poses ethical dilemma

The South Korean government has identified robotics as a key economic driver and is pumping millions of dollars into research.

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

"The government plans to set ethical guidelines concerning the roles and functions of robots as robots are expected to develop strong intelligence in the near future," the ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy said.

Citizens enjoy some of the highest speed broadband connections in the world and have access to advanced mobile technology long before it hits western markets.

The Ministry of Information and Communication has also predicted that every South Korean household will have a robot by between 2015 and 2020.

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