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Implications and consequences of robots with biological brains

Warwick, K. (2010) Implications and consequences of robots with biological brains. Ethics and Information Technology, 12 (3). pp. 223-234. ISSN 1388-1957

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1007/s10676-010-9218-6


In this paper a look is taken at the relatively new area of culturing neural tissue and embodying it in a mobile robot platform—essentially giving a robot a biological brain. Present technology and practice is discussed. New trends and the potential effects of and in this area are also indicated. This has a potential major impact with regard to society and ethical issues and hence some initial observations are made. Some initial issues are also considered with regard to the potential consciousness of such a brain.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:17374
Uncontrolled Keywords:autonomy, consciousness, human ethics, robotics, robot ethics, robot rights
Additional Information:From the issue entitled 'Special Issue: Robot Ethics and Human Ethics'.

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