Saturday, April 7, 2007

Japan Drafts Guidelines for Safe Use of Robots

Japan is following the lead of other countries and drafting guidelines
for a future filled with robots. According to a TimesOnline
article a document, titled Draft Guidelines to Secure the Safe
Performance of Next Generation Robots
, was developed by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and
Industry. Like the recent South Korean Robot Ethics
Charter, the Japanese document seems primarily concerned with
regulating how humans can and cannot use robots. This is
in contrast to the UK
Robot Rights Plan which is concerned with the ethical problems that
may result from conscious robots being treated as servants without rights.


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