South Korea is creating a "Robot's Rules of Order" for the use of intelligent robots. I appreciate what they're trying to do, but I don't think they fully grasp the consequences. I'm pretty sure they are envisioning AI roughly on par with human intelligence.
A draft of the proposals said: "In the 21st Century humanity will coexist with the first alien intelligence we have ever come into contact with - robots. "It will be an event rich in ethical, social and economic problems." Oh really?
From the BBC:
An ethical code to prevent humans abusing robots, and vice versa, is being drawn up by South Korea. The Robot Ethics Charter will cover standards for users and manufacturers and will be released later in 2007.
It is being put together by a five member team of experts that includes futurists and a science fiction writer.
The South Korean government has identified robotics as a key economic driver and is pumping millions of dollars into research.
"The government plans to set ethical guidelines concerning the roles and functions of robots as robots are expected to develop strong intelligence in the near future," the ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy said.