The Ethical Robot: Korea Teaches Manners and Boundaries to Our Engineered Friends

As we continue to live at the height of the Information Age, robots are continually being developed and groomed to perform many of life’s most menial tasks. In fact, by the year 2050, some scientists agree we will have the luxury of robotic maids capable of everything from dishwashing to child rearing. 

If you think about an episode of the Jetsons when you think about the future, chances are your predictions may be right on. This is especially true in the nation of Korea, where South Korea specifically has made it a goal to have a robot in every home by the year 2013.

Just one of many robots being manufactured in Korea for their convenient size and family friendly functionsJust one of many robots being manufactured in Korea for their convenient size and family friendly functions

Due to the amazingly rapid improvements being made upon the personal robot module, Korea has also encountered the unique responsibility of being one of the first countries responsible for incorporating cutting edge technology with the sensitivities of the human race. How far can robotic technology really go before it begins to impede upon our quality of life and the way our morals are shaped? Would having a machine care for youngsters turn into a modern-day version of the famed “child raised by wolves” story, leaving that little one with no really sense of self and consideration for others? How do we transfer the core of our culture and respect for one another into the “heart” of a robot?


According to Korea’s charter, the answer is to clearly draw boundaries. Humans will be mandated to prevent their personal robots from participating in illegal uses, and all of the new “family members” will be indentified and registered so that any crime can easily be traced back to it.

Military robots will have even stricter guidelines and codes of ethics to follow. South Korea demonstrated an extremely advanced, machine-gun loaded robot designed to fight alongside human troops on the border between North and South Korea. With advancements such as these being made, it is vital that Korea works hard to develop a high-quality, high-standard, low-risk code of morals and ethics that will keep the humans safe in an ever evolving robotic-dependent world .

Tamara Warta
International Innovations Writer

Aug 11, 2007
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I'd like to boycott

these robots. Let's vote.