Panel Discussion on the Future of Robotics: New world order: Robots and their ability to take over your job

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.

But many scientists think that’s about to change, which has also attracted interest from such giants as Google and Amazon.

While we may benefit from robotic prowess as citizens and consumers, can we be confident that we’ll benefit as workers?

Meanwhile there are still more serious concerns. Some scientists think that in the future, robotic intelligence could plausibly eclipse our own.

How do we ensure that these creations are both benevolent and clever?

Joining VoR’s Natasha Moriarty are:

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

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