Science is finally taking the need for robot ethics seriously, says Nature News’ Boer Deng
On the other hand, it may be a little much to ask engineers to solve the kinds of problems that were whistling over Plato’s head 2,000 years ago:
“The difficulty is that we don’t know what the human race’s values are, so we don’t know how to specify the right goals for a machine so that its behavior is something that we actually like,” — Stuart Russell, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California, Berkeley
Though they do seem to agree that we should probably try and prevent a robot apocalypse. (h/t Grant Gross)
Speaking of apocalypses: Zuckerberg literally wants Facebook to be able to read your mind, says Stuart Dredge in the Guardian.
On a more prosaic note, here’s a piece by Michael Belfiore which goes in-depth article on some of the safety features that allow collaborative robots to come out of their cages.
PC World sent Martyn Williams to stalk/tailgate the new Google cars to see how they really drive (slowly, flashing hazard lights the whole time)