Scientists who build artificial intelligence and autonomous systems need a strong ethical understanding of the impact their work could have.Read more
If I were to approach you brandishing a cattle prod, you might at first be amused. But, if I continued my advance with a fixed maniacal grin, you would probably retreat in shock, bewilderment and anger. As electrode meets flesh, I would expect a violent recoil.Read more
As self-driving cars roar (silently, on electric engines) towards wide scale use, one team is trying to answer a very difficult question: when accidents inevitably happen, where should the computer look to for morality and ethics?Read more
Self-driving cars will soon be able to make ‘life or death’ judgements…. such as whether to hit an animal rather than a pedestrian. The increase likelihood of driverless vehicles has raised questions such as whether they will be capable of ethical decisions, just like humans.Read more
Not many people know that Isaac Asimov didn’t originally write his three laws of robotics for I, Robot. They actually first appeared in “Runaround”, the 1942 short story*.Read more
Ever been tempted to get high with virtual reality? Well, you’re in luck: Microsoft is developing “hallucination experiences” – at least according to certain sections of the media.Read more
More than 400 years ago, a rabbi knelt by the banks of the Vltava river in what is now known as the Czech Republic. He pulled handfuls of clay out of the water and carefully patted them into the shape of a man.Read more
Technologies built on artificial intelligence are revolutionising human life. As these machines become increasingly integrated in our daily lives, the decisions they face will go beyond the merely pragmatic, and extend into the ethical.Read more
The word “trust” pops up a lot in conversations about human-robot interactions. In recent years, it’s crossed an important threshold from the philosophical fodder of sci-fi novels into real-world concern.
Robots have begun to play an increasing role in life and death scenarios, from rescue missions to complex surgical procedures.Read more
Is it better to cooperate with your peers and achieve goals together or eliminate your competition and achieve goals alone? In a research paper published this week, new DeepMind simulations suggest that whether robots are more likely to kill or cooperate could depend on how intelligent they are.Read more
The main problem with driverless cars is trolleys, if you read the more excitable tech press.
There’s something called the Trolley Problem and it goes like this: A runaway train is thundering down the tracks. Ahead of it, tied to the rails, are five people.Read more