We may often use the term ethics but what does it mean? What is an ethical problem and what is not? Is ethics independent of culture? Here’s a very quick introduction to the principles of ethics.
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Ethics is a global guide as to the right thing to do. Listen as Doug Baker explains this for us in terms of teleology and deontology with examples to help us understand.
In this mini-documentary we look at a diverse range of real-world robots, discuss what they do and how they do it.
Is it acceptable that self-driving cars will cause accidents if they kill fewer people than human drivers? When an accident occurs is it a moral or a legal issue?
More people means more travel. Will our roads cope and are we doomed to a future of increased road rage. Let’s talk about transport and how robots might help.
Robots today are ubiquitous in manufacturing but they can do much, much more.
Much of what we know about robots comes from fiction. Let’s look at fictional robots and the underlying reality.
We introduce the topic of robotics, the recent history, why we need robots and the future of robots.
Robots have an impact on jobs. We have discussed the balance that occurs when some jobs disappear and new jobs appear. However, Doug and I consider whether there is an ethical stance to be taken when individuals lose their jobs.
I ask Doug Baker what ethics says about robots making autonomous decisions to kill during combat and he responds by explaining the importance of moral agency. We also discuss progress in robotics as measured by Asimov’s three laws.