The full "committee" version of the new laws - expanded to five - have now been oficially published in New Scientist in a piece written by the marvellous Alan Winfield.
Alan writes on his blog:
"Well it's taken awhile, but the draft revised 'laws of robotics' have now been published. New Scientist article Roboethics for Humans, reporting on the EPSRC/AHRC initiative in roboethics, appears in this week's issue (Issue 2811, 7 May 2011). These new draft ethical principles are an outcome of the joint EPSRC/AHRC workshop to discuss ethical, legal and societal issues in robotics, last September.! ..
Asimov’s laws updated: instead of 'laws for robots' our revision is a set of five draft 'ethical principles for robotics', i.e. moral precepts for researchers, designers, manufacturers, suppliers and maintainers of robots. We propose:
- Robots are multi-use tools. Robots should not be designed solely or primarily to kill or harm humans, except in the interests of national security.
- Humans, not robots, are responsible agents. Robots should be designed & operated as far as is practicable to comply with existing laws and fundamental rights & freedoms, including privacy.
- Robots are products. They should be designed using processes which assure their safety and security.
- Robots are manufactured artefacts. They should not be designed in a deceptive way to exploit vulnerable users; instead their machine nature should be transparent.
- The person with legal responsibility for a robot should be attributed."
We emphasise that these are working documents, intended to inspire discussion not lay down immutable laws - comments here or elsewhere are very welcome.
This seems a good time to also announce that, slightly bizarrely, Pangloss is speaking on robots at HowTheLightGetsIn, the Hay-on-Wye Philosophy and Music Festival, which is a satellite to the famous literary festival! No, I'm not running the karaoke. I am part of the panel below for which I somehow suspect tickets are still available ( a snip at £6!)..
2.30pm Sat May 29th 2011
Rise of the Machines
Lilian Edwards, Peter Hacker, Hilary Lawson. Henrietta Moore chairs.
From 2001 to The Matrix, intelligent machines have played a central role in our fictions. But for half a century Artificial Intelligence research has been stalled. Now advances in robotics and language translation have put AI back on the agenda. But is AI possible or just a science fiction fantasy? And should we be excited or fearful at the prospect?
Eminent Oxford philosopher Peter Hacker, lawyer and technology guru Lilian Edwards and post-postmodernist Hilary Lawson imagine a future ruled by machines.
See you there! There's also Cory Doctorow, Susan Greenfield and Evgeny Morozow on that weekend and many more -- geek paradise!