Q&A: Michael Horowitz on banning killer, artificial intelligence robots

Boston Dynamics via The New York Times The Legged Squad Support System developed by Boston Dynamics, a robot about the size of a cow that is intended to follow a soldier in the field, carrying up to 400 pounds of equipment.  Editor’s note: Dallas police actively guided an explosive-laden robot to kill gunman Micah Johnson when negotiations broke down after he opened fire on police and others July 7. This interview on Think — which was recorded before the ambush took place — focuses on the questions raised by computers and robots programmed to kill without human supervision.You may have seen it earlier this year when a company called Boston Dynamics posted a video of a humanoid robot that can walk on two legs, even over uneven terrain.Seeing a machine balance on…


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