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Three New Laws of Robotics For the Early 21st Century

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Ohio State University's David Woods and Texas A&M's Robin Murphy have proposed three new laws of robotics that can be applied to robots available today. The new laws recognize that robots are not yet autonomous and are usually under the supervision of human beings, if not under their direct control.

The new laws of robots are: A human may not deploy a robot without the human-robot work system meeting the highest legal and professional standards of safety and ethics; a robot must respond to humans as appropriate for their roles; and a robot must be endowed with sufficient situated autonomy to protect its own existence as long as such protection provides smooth transfer of control that does not conflict with the first and second law.

These new laws will be difficult to implement, but they are achievable given today's technology, writes Steve Leibson.

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