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Roboethics: A Navigating Overview

by Spyros G. Tzafestas.
Published by Springer.
204 pages.

This volume explores the ethical questions that arise in the development, creation and use of robots that are capable of semiautonomous or autonomous decision making and human-like action. It examines how ethical and moral theories can and must be applied to address the complex and critical issues of the application of these intelligent robots in society.

Coverage first presents fundamental concepts and provides a general overview of ethics, artificial intelligence and robotics. Next, the book studies all principal ethical applications of robots, namely medical, assistive, socialized and war roboethics. It looks at such issues as robotic surgery, children-robot and elderly-robot therapeutical/social interactions and the use of robots, especially autonomous lethal ones, in warfare. In addition, a chapter also considers Japanese roboethics as well as key intercultural and robot legislation issues.

Overall, readers are provided with a thorough investigation into the moral responsibility (if any) of autonomous robots when doing harm. This volume will serve as an ideal educational source in engineering and robotics courses as well as an introductory reference for researchers in the field.

  • Provides background material on general ethics
  • Includes background material on artificial /machine/robot intelligence and autonomy
  • Covers the whole range of robot ethics approaches and problems
  • Involves over 50 color photos that illustrate the text

Series: Intelligent Systems, Control and Automation: Science and Engineering (Book 79)

Table of Contents

  1. Introductory Concepts and Outline of the Book
  2. Ethics: Fundamental Elements
  3. Artificial Intelligence
  4. The World of Robots
  5. Roboethics: A Branch of Applied Ethics
  6. Medical Roboethics
  7. Assistive Roboethics
  8. Socialized Roboethics
  9. War Roboethics
  10. Japanese Roboethics, Intercultural, and Legislation Issues
  11. Additional Roboethics Issues
  12. Mental Robots

About the Author
Spyros G. Tzafestas is an Emeritus Professor at National Technical University of Athens, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Institute of Communication and Computer Systems. He is a research associate at IAS/Intelligent Automation Systems Group, Signals, Control and Robotics Division – SECE, NTUA. He is also editor of the Springer book series on Intelligent Systems, Control and Automation.