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Publication Summary and Abstract

Tony Prescott, Vanessa Evers, Tracy Epton, Kevin McKee, Mark Hawley, Thomas Webb, David Benyon, Sebastian Conran, Roger Strand, Illah Nourbakhsh, Madeleine de Cock Buning, Paul Verschure, Paolo Dario (2012), Robot Companions: Ethical, Legal and Social Issues (CA-Robocom D2.4).

The FET Flagship Candidate “Robot Companions for Citizens” (RCC) proposes a transformative initiative, addressing a cross-domain grand scientific and technological challenge, to develop a new class of machines and embodied information technologies, called the Robot Companions for Citizens (RCCs) that will assist European society to achieve sustainable welfare. The vision, goals, and programme of FET-F RCC are summarised in the RCC Manifesto1. In this report we address the broader societal issues raised by the flagship project, and outline the ethically-grounded and strategically innovative approach through which we will address them. We also explain how RCC will take a proactive approach in driving the evolution of European and International law towards the safe and responsible introduction of RCCs in society.
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