Humans vs Robots: the artificial intelligence debate grows

Changing world: “As the first generation of self-driving cars and battlefield warbots filter into society, scientists are working to develop robots with moral decision-making skills.” Photo: World Science Festival New York THE World Science Festival held in Brisbane in early March confirmed that robots, artificial intelligence and machine learning were now part of our lives. Thousands attending the festival came to watch, touch and play with cute, shiny robots capable of dodging objects, following commands and engaging in smart banter. However, if the future has arrived, now we have to deal with it. The World Science Festival was also an important forum as world experts discussed robot morality and ethics and what role we wanted robots to play in the future. Factory robots have long been programmed with specific tasks…


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