Could prominent cultural beliefs affect the way nations are building their machines?
The robots being built around the world seem to be as diverse as the cultures they come from. While some have been engineered solely for people’s practical needs, others have been made to appeal to and keep the company of humans. Continue reading →
Europe supports more research on robotics and the law
The two year European project ROBOLAW (Regulating Emerging Robotic Technologies in Europe: Robotics facing Law and Ethics) is scheduled to start in March of this year.
The main goal of this project will be to provide the European Commission with a “White Book on Regulating Robotics”. Essentially, this will be a set of guidelines which will contribute to the future establishment of a solid framework of ‘robolaw’ in Europe.
How can we make robots safe? How can we make them perform their tasks effectively? Although these are among the most critical questions today’s robot engineers must address, recently, researchers have felt the need to delve further into some of the issues pertaining to the use of medical robots. For example, what types of robot-human interaction are people comfortable with, how do we make robots communicate their intentions, and how will people perceive them?
The term robot was originally used in Karel Čapek’s 1921 play RUR (Rossum’s Universal Robots). However, the concept of a being or machine akin to today’s conception of a robot is something that goes back much further.
The notion of artificial beings is present throughout history in diverse methodologies. In some they are portrayed as human servants, in others as divine creatures. How are robots portrayed today?