Most scientists working in robotics have long mulled the ethical implications -- today's roboticist is yesterday's avid reader of Isaac Asimov. But they cannot alone determine how the technology they develop will then be accepted, they say. It is a question that will loom for everyone in the future, Elliott said.
There is a simple question to consider, and it may come sooner than any of us expects, he added: "Are we actually going to see a computer in court as a defendant?"
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