Ethics and Robotics: A Teaching Guide – Carnegie Mellon University

Website created by Illah Nourbakhsh. 

This site is a resource for teachers and a companion site to a course taught at The Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University.

As robotic products begin to integrate more comprehensively with society, the relationship between robotic interaction and the ethical ramifications of this technologies’ impact becomes very relevant from viewpoints of design, critical analysis, legislation and widespread adoption.

In this class we study the peculiar aspects of robotics that reveals ethical issues with new urgency, and study explicit and unintended consequences of new technology on personal, organizational and cultural levels.  This course uses readings from psychology, sociology, human factors and classical texts to provide ethical analytical frameworks, then turns to recent robotic experiments and new advances in robotic technologies.  Students will participate in discussions based on assigned readings, and will work in teams on in-depth analyses of concurrent robotics projects.