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Robot ethics and law: Part one: ethics

Robert Bogue (Associate Editor, Industrial Robot )

Industrial Robot

ISSN: 0143-991x

Article publication date: 10 June 2014




This first part of a two-part paper aims to provide an insight into the ethical and legal issues associated with certain classes of robot. This part is concerned with ethics.


Following an introduction, this paper first considers the ethical deliberations surrounding robots used in warfare and healthcare. It then addresses the issue of robot truth and deception and subsequently discusses some on-going deliberations and possible ways forward. Finally, brief conclusions are drawn.


Robot ethics are the topic of wide-ranging debate and encompass such diverse applications as military drones and robotic carers. Many ethical considerations have been raised including philosophical issues such as moral behaviour and truth and deception. Preliminary research suggests that some of these concerns may be ameliorated through the use of software which encompasses ethical principles. It is widely recognised that a multidisciplinary approach is required and there is growing evidence of this.


This paper provides an insight into the highly topical and complex issue of robot ethics.



Bogue, R. (2014), "Robot ethics and law: Part one: ethics", Industrial Robot, Vol. 41 No. 4, pp. 335-339.



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