Artificial intelligence: Who’s regulating the robots?

In this photo taken Thursday, July 9, 2015, SoftBank Corp.’s new robot Pepper performs during an interview at the technology company’s headquarters in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) In 2014, famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking warned ominously that “the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.” While the prospect of humanity being taken over by super-intelligent robots may seem less fanciful that it once was, the more immediate threat, say AI experts, is the lack of mobilization by governments to deal with the policy implications of AI. John Danaher, an assistant professor of law at the National University of Ireland, Galway, who researches and blogs on AI and the relationship between humans and technology, predicts that AI will affect our lives incrementally. “Indeed, they are already doing so.…


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