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*.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Driverless vehicles have the ability to literally change the world by making driving safer, more energy efficient, more accessible, and to eliminate congestion and gridlock. The government today made an important first step in truly making this possible.
“Today is an important moment at the Department of Transportation,” announced Anthony Foxx, US Secretary of Transportation.
The science fiction author Isaac Asimov first proposed the ‘Three Laws of Robotics’ in a short story published in 1942 as a way of ensuring the machines would not rise up to overthrow humanity.
But with robots now starting to appear in people’s homes and artificial intelligence developing, a group of experts have drawn up a new list of rules to protect humanity from their creations.
As self-driving cars move from fiction to reality, a philosophical problem has become the focus of fierce debate. The “trolley problem” describes a runaway mine cart, hurtling down tracks towards a group of five oblivious people. With no time to warn them, your only option is to pull a switch and divert the cart on […]
Technology gets more and more advanced every day. Smartphones are faster, apps are more developed, and artificial intelligence is learning more efficiently than ever before. The gadgets, gizmos, and robots in our lives are beginning to evolve faster than we can regulate them.
Now a European Parliament motion looks to keep robots in check in a strange way: they want to classify robots as “electronic persons.”