With the possibility of robots becoming more and more common, sporting an ever more sophisticated artificial intelligence, and having the ability to perform tasks without supervision, Jerry Kaplan of Humans Need Not Apply fame explains the importance of giving them a moral code to abide to — especially if we start treating them as if they were alive.
I’m actually working on a project on this at Stanford. I don’t want robots pushing ladies off the sidewalk as they’re moving, that’s bad. And so that’s a design problem. The sidewalk isn’t designed for robots. We need to program the robot so that it would obey social conventions and give priority to people, and are able to deal with moral challenges. Not too many people in the field of robot building are thinking about or worrying about this issue.
Think of it in terms of people and animals. Animals will take actions independent of their owners and you have a certain level of responsibility to control that animal but it is not as absolute as you might think. Your dog can go bite somebody and your liability is limited to certain kinds of things. They actually have a legal term for this now, it’s called the first bite theory. Once it has bitten somebody, now you are liable if it takes a second bite.
|“Although this transition is irreversible, it carries potential for several robotic applications.”|
|Where Cows Milk Themselves|
|Distributed Flight Array: Modular Flying Robots|
|Daleks to Patrol China's Streets|
|Humans Need Not Apply|
|“This incredible inconsistency can make English really hard to master for non-native speakers.”|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|“That’s why Colorado School of Mines decided it was time for students to learn how to tap celestial bodies for all they’re worth.”|
|Review of BenQ's treVolo S Portable Electrostatic Bluetooth Speaker|
|“What if there was a thermostat that allowed you to turn down the temperature of the Earth whenever you wanted.”|
|Japanese Robot Serves Ice Cream From Inside a Vending Machine|
|“Lifting the electric motors out of Teslas and putting them in the chassis of other, formerly gas guzzling cars.”|
|On Instagram, Everyone Takes the Exact Same Photos|
|“What can we do to make responsible use of plastic a reality? First: reject the lie.”|
|Why, Typewriters Are Alive and Well, Thank you|
|“Rejuvenation is Finally an Industry.”|
|Go the Fuck to Sleep: A Children's Bedtime Book|