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Regulating Emerging Robotic Technologies in Europe: Robotics facing Law and Ethics (RoboLaw)
Start date: Mar 1, 2012, End date: May 31, 2014 PROJECT  FINISHED 

"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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