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Case of the Killer Robot


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The following article provides the rationale behind the design of computer ethics scenarios such as this one and suggests how they can be used in other courses:

Epstein, Richard G. "The Use of Computer Ethics Scenarios in Software Engineering Education: The Case of the Killer Robot." Software Engineering Education: Proceedings of the7th SEI CSEE Conference, San Antonio. Ed. Jorge L. Diaz-Herrera. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 750. Springer-Verlag, 1994.

An expanded version of the Case of The Killer Robot can be found in Richard G. Epstein's book of the same name, published by John Wiley and Sons in 1996.

Cite this page: "Richard G. Epstein" Online Ethics Center for Engineering 2/16/2006 OEC Accessed: Friday, October 21, 2016 <>