How to think about robots
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The robots are coming! Nowhere is safe. Not our factories, fields, offices, cars or even our homes.
But, instead of throwing up our hands in horror, maybe it’s time to start viewing robots in the same way we might see a horse, a dog or even a carrier pigeon. Perhaps our robotic comrades will enrich - rather than replace - our skills and abilities? After all, humans have worked happily side-by-side with our animal associates for centuries.
Join Kate Darling, a world-renowned expert in robot ethics from MIT's Media Lab, and author of The New Breed: What Our History with Animals Reveals about Our Future with Robots, in conversation with UNSW's AI guru Toby Walsh. Find out how our relationships with robots may end up mirroring, not just our relationships with animals, but other people, too. Watch them unpack some of the biggest questions about our robot-filled future. A future that is much less black and white than the headlines would have you believe.
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Dr Kate Darling is a leading expert in robot ethics. She is a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, where she investigates social robotics and conducts experimental studies on human-robot interactions. Kate explores the emotional connection between people and life-like machines, seeking to influence technology design and policy direction. Her writing and research anticipate many of the most difficult questions that lawmakers, engineers, and the wider public will need to address as human-robot relationships evolve in the coming decades. Her most recent book The New Breed: What Our History with Animals Reveals about Our Future with Robots, is a bold and challenging exploration on thinking differently about robots.
Toby Walsh is a Laureate Fellow and Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence in the School of Computer Science and Engineering at UNSW Sydney. He also leads the Algorithmic Decision Theory group at CSIRO Data61. He continues to play a leading role at the United Nations, and elsewhere, on the campaign to ban lethal autonomous weapons (aka "killer robots"). His recent book 2062: The World that AI Made, explores the future in which robotics experts predict we will have built machines as intelligent as us.