Editorial for CLAWAR News -The Newsletter of CLAWAR Association - Vol. 17
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I am honoured to take over the editorial duty, from Osman Tokhi, for the CLAWAR Newsletter. Dr Tokhi has contributed tremendously to the success of the newsletter in the past years. I feel very lucky to start my work on this issue from the solid foundation paved by Dr Tokhi, and look forward to his continued support as a member of the editorial board in the future. Service robots have entered our society at a fast pace and with ever increasing momentum. With robots working closer to human beings, and penetrating deeply into our daily activities, many new issues, some of which are beyond the traditional engineering domain, arise. Gurvinder Virk and his team carried out a survey to gauge the readiness of the general public to accept the robots as our companions or assistants in a number of different situations. Based on their findings in the survey, questions about the standards and ethics governing the manufacturing, or the operation of, service robots, have been raised. You can read the report of their work in this issue.