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CNET News Daily Podcast: On building ethical military robots

Robotics engineer Ronald Arkin talks about giving robots a built-in "guilt system" that could make them better at avoiding civilian casualties; Jammie Thomas-Rasset plans to appeal RIAA case; and Waledac spam set to explode over July 4th weekend.


Robotics engineer Ronald Arkin of Georgia Tech just finished a three-year contract with the U.S. Army designing software to create ethical robots. His thesis is that robots can be configured with a built-in "guilt system" that eventually could make them better at avoiding civilian casualties than human soldiers. CNET intern Dara Kerr talks to Arkin about his work.

Also in today's podcast: Jammie Thomas-Rasset's lawyers say she plans to appeal her RIAA case; MySpace--and presumably other community-based Web services--cannot be held liable in assault charges stemming from people meeting on its Web site; and watch out for Waledac over the 4th of July weekend.


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Today's stories:

Jammie Thomas will appeal, lawyer says

Court: MySpace not liable for offline assaults

Waledac worm targeting July 4 spam offensive

ATM vendor gets security talk pulled from confabs

Some Vista owners feel ripped off