Ethical regulations on robotics in Europe

Michael Nagenborg*, Rafael Capurro, Jutta Weber, Christoph Pingel

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There are only a few ethical regulations that deal explicitly with robots, in contrast to a vast number of regulations, which may be applied. We will focus on ethical issues with regard to "responsibility and autonomous robots", "machines as a replacement for humans", and "tele-presence". Furthermore we will examine examples from special fields of application (medicine and healthcare, armed forces, and entertainment). We do not claim to present a complete list of ethical issue nor of regulations in the field of robotics, but we will demonstrate that there are legal challenges with regard to these issues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)349-366
Number of pages18
JournalAI & society
Issue number3
Early online date3 Aug 2007
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Human dignity
  • Humanoid robot
  • Artificial agent
  • Service robot
  • Child pornography
  • 2023 OA procedure


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