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Links for Robocon Ethical Review

Responses to Joy's "Why the Future Doesn't Need Us"


Promise and Peril. By Ray Kurzweil. First published in ZDNet Inter@ctive Week. (October 23, 2000), now available from the author.

"Hope Is a Lousy Defense." By Spencer Reiss. Wired Magazine (December 2003; Issue 11.12). Joy follows up on his landmark article.

adobe acrobat icon "A Response to Bill Joy and the Doom-and-Gloom Technofuturists." By John Seely Brown and Paul Duguid. Printed in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Yearbook, 2001.

"15th Anniversary: Why the Future Still Needs Us a While Longer." A brief update by Lucas Graves on Joy's predictions.


General Discussions of Robotics and Ethics

Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics courtesy the Robotics Research Group at the University of Texas at Austin (plus some robot history)

The Social Impact of Artificial Intelligence. By Margaret A. Boden. From the book: The Age of Intelligent Machines (ed. Kurzweil, Raymond. 1990. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press).

Biocyberethics: should we stop a company from unplugging an intelligent computer? By Martine Rothblatt.


A Few Recent Discussions on Robotics and Ethics

The Laws of Robotics. A blog associated with a course offered by Ian Kerr at the University of Ottawa Law School.

Robotics and the Law. A blog maintained by the Stanford Law School and the Center for Internet and Society. 

"What's it like to be a robot." By Mary-Anne Williams at the Robotics and the Law blog.

"Do Humanlike Machines Deserve Human Rights?" A article that examines interest in studying rights for robots.

Robots get friendly - Robots are acting more like people. Will our attachments eventually become too strong? By Gregory M. Lamb. The Christian Science Monitor. February 5, 2004

If you kick a robotic dog, is it wrong? By G. Jeffrey MacDonald. The Christian Science Monitor. February 5, 2004

Sentience: The next moral dilemma. By Richard Barry. ZDNet UK. January 24, 2001.

Humans and their Machines. NPR Science Friday (April 26, 2002). Listen to Ira Flatow, anchor of Talk Of The Nation: Science Friday, interview Rodney Brooks, Anne Foerst, and Richard Powers.


Other Links

"Artificial Intelligence" links at our course web site.


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