Can consciousness be created in a lab? Will robots take over our jobs and fight our wars? How do you teach a machine to tell right from wrong?
Technologies that were once in the realm of science fiction are rapidly becoming a reality, raising a host of complicated ethical, political, social, and scientific questions. To better understand the role intelligent machines will play in our lives, Footnote gathered insights from academic experts in a wide range of fields including computer science, philosophy, cognitive science, engineering, psychology, and political science.
This forward-looking series of articles explores which possibilities are more science than fiction and how to prepare for a world where machines are an everyday part of our lives. Our academic contributors examine how we’ll interact with robots, how they will impact our economy and society, and how what we learn about artificial intelligence will change how we view ourselves.
Imperial College London
University of Bristol
East Carolina University
University of British Columbia
To create robots with feelings, researchers are programming them to learn and develop emotion the way human children do.
Can we teach robots to have a moral compass?
The team from Robohub talks about the hype, the science, and how to understand what’s really happening in cutting-edge robotics.
How responsive devices – and simple systems for programming them – will shape the world to fit our needs and preferences.
A new approach to programming robots by developing an ethical framework to guide their behavior.
To build a conscious machine, we must first understand what makes us conscious.
Our idea of what an intelligent machine looks like is evolving as scientists discover that human thought extends beyond the brain.
Scientists are studying how the entire body, not just the brain, aids us in cognitive tasks.
Roboticist Chad Jenkins clears up the questions people most often ask him about robots.
A glimpse into the future of robotic technology on the battlefield.