Faculty Advisor

Wilkes, John M.


Inspired by P.W. Singer's Wired for War, this comparative study investigates the perceptions of students pursuing robotic, technical, and non- technical careers on the likelihood, desirability, and ethical implications of four possible scenarios unfolding for the field of robotics circa 2050. Each scenario posits a different institution driving the development of robotics and each institution takes a different stance on Isaac Asimov's three Laws of Robotics. Using these responses we investigate the concerns of students majoring in different fields about the direction the military, government, and corporations are taking robotics and if these concerns are mitigated by the ethical values of the controlling institution.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

June 2012

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies