Professor Tom Sorell of the University of Warwick, U.K. and other experts involved in the European Union’s ACCOMPANY project have created a list of six core values for use in the design of care robots.
Sorell says the six values can be promoted by a care-robot ?depending on whether the purpose of the robot is to prolong normal adult autonomy and independence as far as possible into old age, or whether the purpose is to take the load off the support network for an older person.?
The six proposed values are:
Autonomy: being able to set goals in life and choose means;
Independence: being able to implement one?s goals without the permission, assistance or material resources of others;
Enablement: having, or having access to, the means of realizing goals and choices;
Safety: being able readily to avoid pain or harm;
Privacy: being able to pursue and realize one?s goals and implement one?s choices unobserved
Social Connectedness: having regular contact with friends and loved ones and safe access to strangers one can choose to meet.
Sorell spoke with Robotics Business Review‘s Emmet Cole about the thinking behind these six values, how roboticists can incorporate them into their designs, and reveals why Asimov’s Three Laws may have to be contradicted to ensure the development of ethical care robots.
Listen to the interview below.
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