Human-like robots may have a disturbing impact on actual humans

Researchers hailing from NASA to Google have invested in humanoid robots. There’s the Dreamer robot that was acquired by Google-turned-Alphabet in 2013. And there’s NASA’s humanoid robot designed to help astronauts in space. YouTube/ MekaRoboticsVideosThe Dreamer robot. But one robotics expert is warning against the creation of humanoid robots — specifically, those that closely resemble humans. Stuart Russell, vice chair of the World Economic Forum Council on robotics and artificial intelligence, called for a “ban of highly human-like humanoid robots” during the Milken Institute’s panel titled “Artificial Intelligence: Friend or Foe?” “We’re just not equipped in our basic brain apparatus to see something that’s perfectly humanoid and not treat it as a human being,” he said. “So in some sense, a humanoid robot is lying to us using the lower levels of…


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