Robots are becoming omnipresent and progressively smarter. Furthermore, advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the expanding Internet of Things (IoT) are helping robots become increasingly independent. Leading thinkers are worrying about ethical challenges of machines that can make their own decisions.
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Artificial Intelligence and Ethics
Intelligent robots roam the land, sea and air. They are not only taking our jobs, but they are also making us gradually more dependent on them.
“In the XXI century humanity will coexist with the first alien intelligence we have come in contact with – robots,” Dr. Gianmarco Veruggio forecasts.
As emotional computing continues to make autonomous robots better at making decisions in real time, calls for setting up an ethical framework for AI have become increasingly louder.
Some even worry how AI can compromise the inviolability of human dignity.
Nayef Al-Rodhan, head of the Geopolitics and Global Futures, Geneva Centre for Security Policy, forewarns us. “Tech developers should confront two questions,” he says. “Does the technology go against human dignity? Does it imperil humanity in the long run? If no ethical standards are put in place, a disproportionate amount of control is granted to AIs.”