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The Dawning of the Ethics of Environmental Robots

Donhauser, Justin and van Wynsberghe, Aimee (2017) The Dawning of the Ethics of Environmental Robots. Science and Engineering Ethics.

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Abstract

Environmental scientists and engineers have been exploring research and monitoring applications of robotics, as well as exploring ways of integrating robotics into ecosystems to aid in responses to accelerating environmental, climatic,and biodiversity changes. These emerging applications of robots and other autonomous technologies present novel ethical and practical challenges. Yet, the critical applications of robots for environmental research, engineering, protection and remediation have received next to no attention in the ethics of robotics literature to date. This paper seeks to fill that void, and promote the study of environmental robotics. It provides key resources for further critical examination of the issues environmental robots present by explaining and differentiating the sorts of environmental robotics that exist to date and identifying unique conceptual, ethical, and practical issues they present.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
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Donhauser, Justin
van Wynsberghe, Aimee
Keywords: Robot Ontology; Robot ethics; Environmental robotics; Ecological robots; Ethics and technology; Environmental engineering
Subjects: General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Technology
Depositing User: Justin Donhauser
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2017 12:11
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2017 12:11
Item ID: 14069
Journal or Publication Title: Science and Engineering Ethics
Official URL: http://rdcu.be/xy6O
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11948-017-9990-3
Subjects: General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Technology
Date: 24 October 2017
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14069

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