FROM Ronald Arkin
The World of Robots -- in Love and War Remember Hal? The first conversation between a human being and a robot might well have happened in 1968 in Stanley Kubrick's iconic film 2001: A Space Odyssey . Now, robots are finding their way into work places, homes and popular culture. Google is buying up robotics firms. Amazon is predicting home deliveries by drone. The recent film Her depicts a romance with an operating system. The interaction of humans and robots has become a serious study. When do they help? When do they get in the way? Who's responsible for their actions? Do we need a new code of ethics for dealing with robots?