Principles of robotics: regulating robots in the real world

Margaret Boden, Joanna Bryson, Darwin Caldwell, Kerstin Dautenhahn, Lilian Edwards, Sarah Kember, Paul Newman, Vivienne Parry, Geoff Pegman, Tom Rodden, Tom Sorrell, Mick Wallis, Blay Whitby, Alan Winfield

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This paper proposes a set of five ethical principles, together with seven high-level messages, as a basis for responsible robotics. The Principles of Robotics were drafted in 2010 and published online in 2011. Since then the principles have influenced, and continue to influence, a number of initiatives in robot ethics but have not, to date, been formally published. This paper remedies that omission.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-129
Number of pages6
JournalConnection Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2017


  • principles of robotics
  • responsible innovation
  • Robot ethics


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