Robots should not be described as persons, nor given legal nor moral responsibility for their actions. Robots are fully owned by us. We determine their goals and behaviour, either directly or indirectly through specifying their intelligence or how their intelligence is acquired. In humanising them, we not only further dehumanise real people, but also encourage poor human decision making in the allocation of resources and responsibility. This is true at both the individual and the institutional level. This chapter describes both causes and consequences of these errors, including consequences already present in society. I make specific proposals for best incorporating robots into our society. The potential of robotics should be understood as the potential to extend our own abilities and to address our own goals.
|Title of host publication||Close engagements with artificial companions: |
|Subtitle of host publication||key social, psychological, ethical and design issues|
|Place of Publication||Amsterdam|
|Publisher||John Benjamins Publishing Company|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 31 Dec 2010|
|Name||Natural Language Processing|