Ethical Robot Fish

Researchers at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University have been studying the dynamics of fish schooling behavior and how it can be influenced. Their published results suggest that robotic fish can “steer” a school of fish in a desired direction.

Fish by themselves only display the most simple of ethical behavior (basic survival of self) and probably rely mostly on pre-programmed instincts instead of actual ethical analysis of a situation. A robot leader fish could be programmed to offer a school of fish a more advanced level of ethical behavior.