Are our fears of robots really justified?

THERE HAS NEVER been a point in human history where our lives are so entwined with technology and data, but with that has brought increased fears. Yet aside from the problems of data and tracking (which is a whole other story), our view of robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one that’s both skeptical and fearful. It doesn’t help matters when you hear the likes of Google and Boston Dynamics (a company that had contracts with the US military) developing their own robots, and the potential drawbacks of it resulted in a number of prominent figures tech and science signing an open letter to prevent a global arms race with weapons using AI. When such fears emerge, it’s hard not…


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