Oh my. The ethics of Robot Sex is now being debated in academic circles. The following is an excerpt from the article in The Times:
THE race is on to keep humans one step ahead of robots: an international team of scientists and academics is to publish a â€œcode of ethicsâ€ for machines as they become more and more sophisticated.
Although the nightmare vision of a Terminator world controlled by machines may seem fanciful, scientists believe the boundaries for human-robot interaction must be set now â€” before super-intelligent robots develop beyond our control.
â€œSecurity, safety and sex are the big concerns,â€ said Henrik Christensen, a member of the Euron ethics group. How far should robots be allowed to influence people's lives? How can accidents be avoided? Can deliberate harm be prevented? And what happens if robots turn out to be sexy? â€œThe question is what authority are we going to delegate to these machines?â€ said Professor Ronald Arkin, a roboticist at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. â€œAre we, for example, going to give robots the ability to execute lethal force, or any force, like crowd control?â€ The forthcoming code is a sign of reality finally catching up with science fiction. Ethical problems involving machines were predicted in the 1950s by the science fiction writer Isaac Asimov whose book I, Robot was recently turned into a Hollywood film. The Terminator and Robocop series of films also portrayed mechanical law enforcers running amok. (Times Online)