A Robot Code of Ethics

Do unto humans, as you would have them do unto you.

Glenn McGee
Apr 30, 2007

The South Korean people really love robots. Industry in South Korea receives millions in government subsidies to develop them. Recently, Park Hye-Young, of the South Korean Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Energy?s robot team, said in a statement to French Press Agency that the Ministry hoped ?to have a robot in every South Korean household between 2015 and 2020,? and predicted that these robots would develop ?strong intelligence.?

South Koreans are not the only ones embracing robots. Already iRobot, a company founded by Rodney Brooks, director of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab, has sold at least two million Roombas, a little robotic vacuum cleaner. The promise of the robot vacuum and its cousins is that the home robot will become faster, more reliable, and more cost-effective than human domestic work. It has to get this ?strong intelligence? part down first. My Roomba is a one-trick pony, sucking dirt while rolling...