Postprint version. Published in Artificial Intelligence, Volume 175, Issue 5-6, April 1, 2011, pages 942-949.
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The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.artint.2010.11.026.
As with other emerging technologies, advanced robotics brings with it new ethical and policy challenges. This paper will describe the flourishing role of robots in society—from security to sex—and survey the numerous ethical and social issues, which we locate in three broad categories: safety & errors, law & ethics, and social impact. We discuss many of these issues in greater detail in our forthcoming edited volume on robot ethics from MIT Press.