Principles of robotics : regulating robots in the real world

Boden, Margaret and Bryson, Joanna and Caldwell, Darwin and Dautenhahn, Kerstin and Edwards, Lilian and Kember, Sarah and Newman, Paul and Parry, Vivienne and Pegman, Geoff and Rodden, Tom and Sorrell, Tom and Wallis, Mick and Whitby, Blay and Winfield, Alan (2017) Principles of robotics : regulating robots in the real world. Connection Science, 29 (2). pp. 124-129. ISSN 1360-0494 (

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This paper proposes a set of five ethical principles, together with seven high-level messages, as a basis for responsible robotics. The Principles of Robotics were drafted in 2010 and published online in 2011. Since then the principles have influenced, and continue to influence, a number of initiatives in robot ethics but have not, to date, been formally published. This paper remedies that omission.