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Regulating Emerging Robotic Technologies in Europe: Robotics facing Law and Ethics

Regulating Emerging Robotic Technologies in Europe: Robotics facing Law and Ethics

Objective

"The main objective of the research in this proposal is to investigate the ways in which emerging technologies in the field of (bio-)robotics (e.g. bionics, neural interfaces and nanotechnologies) has a bearing on the content, meaning and setting of hard versus soft law. We will research the ways in which regulation (both in terms of soft and hard law) may be affected by, and even in need of adjustment in light of, advances in robotics, with a special focus on human enhancement. To do so we will analyse the current state-of-the-art of legislation and regulation pertaining to robotics, and we will point towards areas of regulation that are in need of adjustment or revision due to the advent of emerging robotics technologies. Moreover, we will study the interrelations between technical, legal and moral norms in this field, in order to define what could be the best balance between them, and to promote a technically feasible, yet also ethically and legally sound basis for future robotics developments. Uncovering ethical values embedded into robotics technologies, and ethical consequences arising from their use, is another key element of this research, therefore. The most important outcome of the research will consist of ""Guidelines on Regulating Robotics"", which will containing regulatory recommendations for the European Commission, in order to establish of a solid framework of 'robolaw' in Europe."
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Coordinator

SCUOLA SUPERIORE DI STUDI UNIVERSITARI E DI PERFEZIONAMENTO S ANNA

Address

Piazza Martiri Della Liberta 33
56127 Pisa

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 659 366

Administrative Contact

Erica Palmerini (Prof.)

Participants (4)

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STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT BRABANT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 454 600

THE UNIVERSITY OF READING

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 159 600

HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITAET ZU BERLIN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 81 122,49

LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 143 277,51

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 289092

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 March 2012

  • End date

    31 May 2014

Funded under:

FP7-SIS

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 908 342,02

  • EU contribution

    € 1 497 966

Coordinated by:

SCUOLA SUPERIORE DI STUDI UNIVERSITARI E DI PERFEZIONAMENTO S ANNA

Italy