Robot Ethics

When: 24th Jan 2019, 19:30 - 24th Jan 2019, 21:00
Where: Computer Science Dept., 6 Keble Road, Oxford, OX1 3QG
Town/City: Oxford
Organiser: Oxfordshire Branch
Price: Free
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Like any transformative technology, intelligent robotics has the potential for huge benefit, but is not without ethical or societal risk. In this lecture I will explore two questions.

Firstly, the increasingly urgent question of the ethical use of robots: are there particular applications of robots that should be proscribed, in eldercare, or surveillance, or war fighting for example? When intelligent autonomous robots make mistakes – as they inevitably will, who should be held to account?

Secondly, I will consider the longer-term question of whether intelligent robots themselves could or should be ethical. Seventy years ago Isaac Asimov created his fictional Three Laws of Robotics. Is there now a realistic prospect that we could build a robot that is Three Laws Safe?

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