20 August 2014, 13:03
Born in science fiction books – and since then exhaustively imagined on screen – robots and artificial intelligence have long been a way of exploring our hopes and fears about technology.
Yet in real life, robots have been something of a disappointment. Robots that can be trusted are hard to find, and even the most generous estimates rate their intelligence as about the same as a small bug.
Wendy Grossman, technology writer and founder of The Skeptic magazine
Dr Kathleen Richardson, who is about to take up a post as senior research fellow in the Ethics of Robotics at the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility
Dr Anders Sandberg from the Oxford Martin School at Oxford University, he works on the Impacts of Future Technology
Nick Bostrom, director of the Future of Humanity Institute and author of Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies