Should you always do what other people tell you to do? Clearly not. Everyone knows that. So should future robots always obey our commands?

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Last week, Microsoft inadvertently revealed the difficulty of creating moral robots. Chatbot Tay, designed to speak like a teenage girl, sounded like a Nazi-loving racist after less than 24 hours on Twitter. Of course, Tay wasn’t designed to be explicitly moral. But plenty of other machines are involved in work that has clear ethical implications

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It may not strike everyone as the loftiest ambition: creating machines that are smarter than people. Not setting the bar terribly high, is it? So the more cynical might say. All the same, an array of scientists and futurists are convinced that the advent of devices with superhuman intelligence looms in the not-distant future. The prospect fills some of our planet’s brainiest specimens with dread

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Can machines outperform doctors? Not yet. But in some areas of medicine, they can make the care doctors deliver better

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Philosopher Eric Schwitzgebel argues that conscious machines would deserve special moral consideration akin to our own children

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If Hollywood movies are your only guide to Artificial Intelligence, we face a terrifying future in which machines become so clever that they dominate or even destroy us

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The Tunnel Problem

July 22, 2015

Driverless or autonomous cars will almost certainly be commonplace quite soon. Imagine you are sitting in such a car, approaching a tunnel on a single-lane mountain road. A child wanders into the middle of the road, blocking the entrance to the tunnel. How should such cars be programmed to react? Keep going and kill the child; or to swerve aside into the tunnel wall and kill the driver

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Surgery involving robots is far from perfect, according to a new study of death rates during medical procedures involving robotic equipment and techniques

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