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March 07, 2007

Stupid Shit: South Koreans Drafting Guidelines For Prevention Of Cruelty... To Robots

There's an escape clause, of course: one can always purchase Robot Cruelty Offsets. Like, if you mangle your robot in cybernetic gladiatorial combat, you pay someone in Brazil to sit on a robot's face for a coupla hours.

An ethical code to prevent humans abusing robots, and vice versa, is being drawn up by South Korea.

The Robot Ethics Charter will cover standards for users and manufacturers and will be released later in 2007.

It is being put together by a five member team of experts that includes futurists and a science fiction writer.

...

The new charter is an attempt to set ground rules for this future.

"Imagine if some people treat androids as if the machines were their wives," Park Hye-Young of the ministry's robot team told the AFP news agency.

"Others may get addicted to interacting with them just as many internet users get hooked to the cyberworld."

Thanks to dri, who wants to know:


1. Will there be an exemption allowing the continued legal abuse of fembots?

2. Will use of the "A" word (android or "andy") require rehab?


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