Can We Trust Our Artificially Intelligent Robot Assistants to Not Make Sex Tapes?

Much to the consternation of Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk, we’re at the dawn of the age of artificial intelligence. This presents the risk of technological progress outpacing cultural progress to a detrimental degree, but not all the concerns about AI are philosophical or abstract in nature. As it happens, we’re also at the dawn of the consumer robot age, which means we’re welcoming new programs into our homes without necessarily understanding how they interact with us and to what degree they could compromise our privacy. Artificially intelligent robots present a host of potential issue. This week, the United Nations is meeting to determine whether Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems should be preemptively banned. Scholars have long entertained concerns that such AIs might decide to erase humans from the planet. But…


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