0th: Protect humanity – We’ll just check

Posted on December 1, 2012


Asimov’s Laws of robotics are quite renowned. More than this though, they continue to form the basis of many a cyber sci-fi movie plotline where robots attack humanity.

Now, in a twist which sees science-fiction and real-life clatter into each other, Academics are to set about understanding just how great a risk future-tech really could pose to us.

A group from Cambridge University are going to study just what threats robotic technology could realistically become to humanity. Led by Professor Huw Price, a research centre is being developed for the work.

Price said:

“In the case of artificial intelligence, it seems a reasonable prediction that some time in this or the next century intelligence will escape from the constraints of biology.”

The Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy at Cambridge, continued, saying that the future will see:

“…machines that are not malicious, but machines whose interests don’t include us.”

Working with fellow professor Martin Rees, and Skype founder Jann Tallinn, Price will attempt to understand whether there really will be risk.

Despite the popular books and films dedicated to the subject, the reality is that robots taking over the world is deemed to be extremely far-fetched.

Unless you work in SEO of course, where robots are already the masters to a large degree.

Arguing against the extreme belief though, Price compared the risk to how humanity has directly and indirectly affected other species on the planet.

With that in mind, perhaps the studies could well be a valuable use of resources.

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