Japan drafts list of official robot rules.
April 10, 2007 4:08pm CST
The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has drafted guidelines designed to keep future generations of robots on their best behavior. The document, title "Draft Guidelines to Secure the Safe Performance of Next Generation Robots," calls for the Japanese goverment to convene a panel of industrialists, academics, ministry officials and lawyers to create striccter measures governing the development of advanced robotic machines. The document is designed to prevent risks to humans in a world where robots may soon be used for cleaning, cooking, and other takss. The document states, "Rick estimation involves estimating the potential level of danger and evaluating the potential sources of danger. Therefore total risk is defined as the danger of use of robots and potential sources of danger." The draft calls for all advanced robots to be equipped with a logging system for cataloging injuries they cause to humans. What sort of risks do you envision in a future world where robots are the rule of the land?