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Free lecture: how do we keep robots ethical?

The University of Bath is inviting Bath Digital blog readers to a free lecture on the future of robotics, on Tuesday 20 November.

The future of robotics is a question that receives a great deal of attention because of the fictional roots of robots and the place they hold in our cultural imagination. During the lecture Professor Alan Winfield from the Bristol Robotics Laboratory will put forward the case for a new ethical code for roboticists.

The talk, The Ethical Roboticist will unpick the fantastical from the plausible to set aside fears and fascinations that have little to do with the reality of robotics.

Prof Winfield said: “Like any transformative technology, intelligent robotics has the potential for huge benefit, but is not without risk. Seventy years ago Asimov created his fictional laws of robotics. I believe it is now time for a revision but it makes little sense to talk about how present-day or near-future robots can be ethical. I will, however, outline the case for a new ethical code for roboticists.”

Professor Winfield is based at the University of the West of England’s (UWE) Department of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences and carries out his research in mobile robotics at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, which is a collaborative partnership between UWE and the University of Bristol.

He is Director of the Science Communication Unit at UWE and an EPSRC Senior Media Fellow.

The lecture is part of the University’s Research in the World lecture series. It will be held at 6.15pm at the Claverton campus in Lecture Theatre 8 West 2.1. Free parking is available in the West Car Park after 5pm.

To book a place please email Paula McGrane or call 01225 386631.

About Katrina

Founder of Pepper PR & Marketing, a company specialising in marketing and event management for the digital and tech sector. On the BathSPARK organisation team and involved in running the SPARKies, the south west's best tech awards.

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