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Living with Robots

Living with Robots

Paul Dumouchel and Luisa Damiano

Living with Robots is a convincing reflection on the increasing presence of robots in society. Designed to operate in an environment shaped and occupied by humans, robots are the new actors in a technical, social, and cultural transformation. The book offers a distinctive and fruitful approach to social robotics through different theoretical frameworks, analyzing the implications of interactions between humans and robots, between humans via robots, and between robots themselves.”

—Zaven Paré, Rio de Janeiro State University


Report: Ethics of Hacking Back

Report: Ethics of Hacking Back

Patrick Lin

It is widely believed that a cyberattack victim should not “hack back” against attackers. Among the chief worries are that hacking back is (probably) illegal and immoral; and if it targets foreign networks, then it may spark a cyberwar between states. However, these worries are largely taken for granted: they are asserted without much argument, without considering the possibility that hacking back could ever be justified. This policy paper offers both the case for and against hacking back—examining six core arguments—to more carefully consider the practice.

Would 'Deviant' Sex  Robots Violate Asimov's Law of Robotics?

Would 'Deviant' Sex Robots Violate Asimov's Law of Robotics?

Patrick Lin

Like it or not, sex robots are already here, and someday they might hurt you, if you ask nicely. As they cater to an ever-increasing range of tastes, some folks predict BDSM types (bondage, discipline, and sadomasochism) in the future bedroom.

But, wait, you might ask: wouldn’t these “deviant” or non-normative types violate the basic robot-ethics principle to not hurt people?

An Interview with Prof. Patrick Lin

An Interview with Prof. Patrick Lin

(California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, CA)

David Černý: Recent years have brought rapid development in the field of artificial intelligence and robotics. Thinking machines already outperform human intelligence in different domains and many researchers believe that these machines will reach the level of general human intelligence relatively soon. Then it might be just one more step to creating artificial superintelligence. Today, AI driven devices and robots, from social and medical robots to autonomous vehicles and drones, play an increasingly significant role in our private and social lives and have already become omnipresent. Patrick, what do you think an ethicist can offer to the modern men surrounded by sophisticated technologies? Do the groundbreaking developments in AI and robotics raise specifically ethical questions or should we put our trust in the hands of scientists and expect them to solve what may seem to belong into the province of ethics?

Patrick Lin: Right, our world is increasingly ruled by technology, but we still have a role in determining our own future. If we’re not deliberate and thoughtful, then we’re “leaving it up to the market” on how technology is developed and used. But the forces that drive the market—such as efficiency, pricing, branding, and so on—are not necessarily the same forces that promote social responsibility or “a good life.”