An Idea Whose Time Has Come

You thought the animal-rights crowd was on the cutting edge of humanitarian causes? As if. The government of South Korea is taking a stand for the world’s most repressed minority—the organically-challenged:

“An ethical code to prevent humans abusing robots, and vice versa, is being drawn up by South Korea. The Robot Ethics Charter will cover standards for users and manufacturers and will be released later in 2007. It is being put together by a five member team of experts that includes futurists and a science fiction writer. The South Korean government has identified robotics as a key economic driver and is pumping millions of dollars into research. ‘The government plans to set ethical guidelines concerning the roles and functions of robots as robots are expected to develop strong intelligence in the near future,’ the ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy said […] The Ministry of Information and Communication has also predicted that every South Korean household will have a robot by between 2015 and 2020.”

Umm…yeah. And yes, this story’s from the BBC, not the Onion.


(Jet Jaguar, robot-rights movement leader)

Hat tip: The Corner

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