Robot Ethics: To Sex Or Not To Sex

With robots becoming more and more sophisticated—Robodinho anyone?—scientists are working to come up with a code of ethics to be programmed into robots. This has shades of Asimov's Three Laws, and bigger science fiction nerds than I can clarify whether they were to be taken at face value or more of a lesson that absolute value systems are inherently flawed.

These scientists, like all scientists, are thinking about sex with these improved robots and how we'll be able to regulate said robosexuals. Euron ethics group member Henrik Christensen ponders the idea after the jump (with awesome quotage).

How far should robots be allowed to influence people's lives? How can accidents be avoided? Can deliberate harm be prevented? And what happens if robots turn out to be sexy? "The question is what authority are we going to delegate to these machines?

"People are going to be having sex with robots within five years," he said. So should limits be set on the appearance, for example, of such robotic sex toys?

Definitely a conundrum here. However, I think we can all agree that if robots are going to look like the Cylons from Battlestar Galactica—Trisha Helfer, Grace Park, and Lucy Lawless—all these anti-robot-sex laws are going straight out the window.

No sex please, robot, just clean the floor [Times Online]