The future of AI ethics is in our hands

Growing up, it was great fun watching shows like Star Trek, The Jetsons, Flash Gordon and The Green Hornet. They made you dream about what life would be like with amazing technologies at your disposal. Now we’re all grown up and actually using some of the once-imaginary marvels from those TV shows (except for George Jetson’s flying car, which I’m still waiting for!). On a recent overseas trip, I watched the new British sci-fi film Ex Machina, which tells the story of a programmer pushing the boundaries of artificial intelligence with a robot named Ava. Not long after that, I read about Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and thousands of A.I. researchers calling for a ban on autonomous weapons, a.k.a. ‘killer robots.’ While some people scoff at such warnings, we need…


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