Do Kids Care If Their Robot Friend Gets Stuffed Into a Closet?

[ Watch the Video ] As militaries develop autonomous robotic warriors to replace humans on the battlefield, new ethical questions emerge. If a robot in combat has a hardware malfunction or programming glitch that causes it to kill civilians, do we blame the robot, or the humans who created and deployed it? Some argue that robots do not have free will and therefore cannot be held morally accountable for their actions. But UW psychologists are finding that people don't have such a clear-cut view of humanoid robots. The researchers' latest results show that humans apply a moderate amount of morality and other human characteristics to robots that are equipped with social capabilities and are capable of harming humans. In this case, the harm was financial, not life-threatening. But it still demonstrated how humans react to robot errors. The findings imply that as robots become more sophisticated and humanlike, the public may hold them morally accountable for causing harm. "We're moving toward a world where robots

Do Kids Care If Their Robot Friend Gets Stuffed Into a Closet?

Researchers force Robovie into a closet as a way of testing whether children see robots as moral beings

Mon 30 Apr 12 from IEEE Spectrum

Study Shows that Humans Attribute Moral Accountability to Robots

A major study from the University of Washington tricked humans into revealing whether they think robots have moral accountability

Wed 25 Apr 12 from IEEE Spectrum

Robots fighting wars could be blamed for mistakes on the battlefield

As militaries develop autonomous robotic warriors to replace humans on the battlefield, new ethical questions emerge. If a robot in combat has a hardware malfunction or programming glitch that ...

Mon 23 Apr 12 from Phys.org

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Humans Willing to Blame Robots for Causing Harm

People proved willing to blame lying robots for causing harm in a new social experiment.

Tue 24 Apr 12 from Livescience

Should Robots Be Blamed for Battlefield Mistakes?

Humans tend to blame robots when things go wrong, which could produce ethical complications during battles.

Tue 24 Apr 12 from Discovery.com

Could Robots Be Blamed For Mistakes On The Battlefield?

[ Watch the Video ] As militaries develop autonomous robotic warriors to replace humans on the battlefield, new ethical questions emerge. If a robot in combat has a hardware malfunction or programming ...

Mon 23 Apr 12 from RedOrbit

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