The future of robot ethics

via London Futurists


What will it mean for robots with AI (artificial intelligence) to become conscious, have emotions, and gain social responsibilities? Will they become moral subjects, with ethical obligations and rights?

In this presentation, Dr Joanna Bryson, Reader in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bath, reviewed a number of key questions about the present and future relationship between humans and robots:

  • Setting aside Hollywood hype, what is the reality of the current state of development of intelligent robots, and artificial intelligence more generally?
  • Do we understand enough about the science of consciousness and ethics to predict or prescribe how the relationship between humans and robots is likely to evolve?
  • Which scenarios for the future of robots should worry us most, and which might we seek to accelerate?

An extended copy of the slides from the meeting is available here (PDF).