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Public views on robotics and autonomous systems

This report is a review of currently available information on the views and values of the public on robotics and autonomous systems.

Executive summary

Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) were identified as a key growth area by Chancellor George Osborne in his speech to the Royal Society in 2012 and confirmed by David Willetts in the report Eight Great Technologies. Public opinion towards RAS tends to be broadly optimistic, stating that these technologies are good for society and could solve problems but there are many issues associated with them (such as requiring careful management or having the potential to impact on employment). Some issues prove to be particularly controversial such as the use of robots in warfare or for the care of children or the elderly.

 

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