How far would you trust a robot? – or how we need to be intelligent about Artificial Intelligence

A couple of weeks ago, I did a long posting about my attendance at the first day of an event called FutureFest – a series of speeches about different aspects of the future. One the the addresses was by Berlolt Meyer, a German social psychologist with a bionic left hand to compensate for a birth defect. He posed interesting questions about some of the ethical issues raised by robotics.

This week in Brighton, the fourth EuCogIII members’ conference is set to tackle just these sort of  issues. The kind of questions that will be debated include the following:

Driverless cars

■ Who pays damages in an accident?

■ Should children and the elderly be allowed to ‘drive’ them too?

■ Should such cars have to obey current road rules, such as speed limits?

Intelligent prostheses

■ Will robotic enhancements give users an unfair advantage?

■ Should intelligent prostheses be available to the able-bodied?

■ Who decides whether you should be allowed a prosthesis?

Social robots

■ Could faults in or hacking of intelligent robots cause physical harm to users?

■ Will intelligent robots redefine the roles of teachers, carers and others?

Implanted devices

■ Will intelligent implants mean the end of privacy?

■ Who will technically own the device and its data?

■ Will implants make exams worthless, as inherent ability becomes blurred?

Medical assistants

■ How far should doctors trust intelligent systems?

■ Who gives consent to sharing medical records with intelligent systems?

■ Will intelligent systems be able to democratise access to the best diagnostic medicine?

You can read more here.


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