Warning: Do not board the elevator with the robot

Scientists suddenly realize that robots need ethics

Microsoft researcher Eric Horvitz experienced one of those robot encounters we all dread. He was stuck in an elevator at Stanford Hospital when a droid the size of a washing machine 'whirled around' and almost knocked him down. Then he thought: 'What if I were a patient? There could be big issues here.'

Now Horvitz and other scientists and academics are starting to think about the implications. 'It is part of being a responsible scientist," Horvitz said.

[ via Yahoo! News ]

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