Robotics and Personhood: Expert Statement

Robotics and Personhood: Towards an Ethical Experience-Centred Design

By the Engineering and Computer Sciences Committee of the RIA, including ALL member Prof Fiona Lyddy

Recent advances in robotics have in many ways enhanced the human experience, improving medical care, providing a safer work environment and bringing novel educational interventions. But the line between what we allow robots to do and where we give primacy to human activity and experience is an ethical matter that may be best addressed through policy. In this statement, we argue that, as we become more accustomed to intelligent technologies, it is worth considering the risks, as well as the benefits, that the design and everyday use of such technology may pose for our personhood – our interpretation of ourselves and others. If you would like to request a hard copy please contact the Academy on