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University of Hertfordshire develops universal concept of “empowerment” to regulate robot behavior

Empowerment could potentially replace Asimov’s famous Three Laws of Robotics, to ensure robots behave in a socially acceptable way.


July 21, 2017
by Canadian Packaging staff

The first thing one needs to understand when it comes to how scientists have looked at the field of robots, is that it is motivated by science-fiction author Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics:

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm;
  2. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law;
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

However, thanks to such concepts of cobots (collaborative robots that work alongside human co-workers within the frame work of Industry 4.0 (the 4th cycle of Industrial Revolution), Artificial intelligence experts from the University of Hertfordshire have come up with a new concept known as Empowerment, that they hope will usurp Asimov’s robotic laws.

To read the article published on the University of Hertfordshire’s website, click HERE.


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