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A scientist’s opinion: Interview with Patrick Lin about autonomous cars

A scientist’s opinion: Interview with Patrick Lin about autonomous cars

Interview with Patrick Lin, director of the Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group at California Polytechnic State University.

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?