Robot ethics, warfare, brain augmentation, remote controlled rats, and Bruce Sterling

Anybody with any interest in robotics, robo-ethics, brain augmentation, or why Sony’s great little bipedal doll is sitting in vast warehouses rather than selling like hotcakes should read this article about the Robo-Ethics Symposium being held in San Remo on the Italian Riviera. And I also had no idea that Alfred Nobel, father of the peace prize, made all of his money selling weapons. 


Ever since Karel Capek introduced the term with his 1924 play R.U.R. or Rossum’s Universal Robots, robots have been our theatrical attempt to dress up technology in human form. They embody our very human desire to make technology into a buddy or maybe a doppelg