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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