‘Harmful’ robot aims to spark AI debate

‘Harmful’ robot aims to spark AI debate By Zoe Kleinman Technology reporter, BBC News 13 June 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Alexander Reben Image caption “The First Law” machine is designed to prick fingers sometimes but not always A robot that can decide whether or not to inflict pain has been built by roboticist and artist Alexander Reben from the University of Berkeley, California.The basic machine is capable of pricking a finger but is programmed not to do so every time it can.Mr Reben has nicknamed it “The First Law” after a set of rules devised by sci-fi author Isaac Asimov.He said he hoped it would further debate about Artificial Intelligence.”The real concern about AI is that it gets out of control,” he said. “[The tech giants] are…


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