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  • Spyros G.┬áTzafestas

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Spyros G. Tzafestas
    Pages 1-11
  3. Spyros G. Tzafestas
    Pages 13-24
  4. Spyros G. Tzafestas
    Pages 25-33
  5. Spyros G. Tzafestas
    Pages 35-64
  6. Spyros G. Tzafestas
    Pages 65-79
  7. Spyros G. Tzafestas
    Pages 81-92
  8. Spyros G. Tzafestas
    Pages 93-105
  9. Spyros G. Tzafestas
    Pages 107-137
  10. Spyros G. Tzafestas
    Pages 139-153
  11. Spyros G. Tzafestas
    Pages 175-190
  12. Spyros G. Tzafestas
    Pages 191-201
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 203-204

About this book


This volume explores the ethical questions that arise in the development, creation and use of robots that are capable of semiautonomous or autonomous decision making and human-like action. It examines how ethical and moral theories can and must be applied to address the complex and critical issues of the application of these intelligent robots in society.

Coverage first presents fundamental concepts and provides a general overview of ethics, artificial intelligence and robotics. Next, the book studies all principal ethical applications of robots, namely medical, assistive, socialized and war roboethics. It looks at such issues as robotic surgery, children-robot and elderly-robot therapeutical/social interactions and the use of robots, especially autonomous lethal ones, in warfare. In addition, a chapter also considers Japanese roboethics as well as key intercultural and robot legislation issues.

Overall, readers are provided with a thorough investigation into the moral responsibility (if any) of autonomous robots when doing harm. This volume will serve as an ideal educational source in engineering and robotics courses as well as an introductory reference for researchers in the field.


Assistive robot ethics Ethics/robot ethcis Medical robot ethics Socialized robot ethics War robot ethics

Authors and affiliations

  • Spyros G.┬áTzafestas
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Electrical and Computer EngineeringNational Technical University of AthensAthensGreece

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-21713-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-21714-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2213-8986
  • Series Online ISSN 2213-8994
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