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Category: ethics of technology

Robotics | IoT

Now Is the Time to Ban Terminator-Like Robots

The United States has on its Aegis-class cruisers a defense system that can track and destroy anti-ship missiles and aircraft. Israel has developed a drone, the Harpy, that can detect and automatically destroy radar emitters. South Korea has security-guard robots on its border with North Korea that can kill humans. All of these can function autonomously — without any human intention. Indeed, the early versions of the Terminator are already here. And there are no… read more

As Tech Barrels Ahead—Will Ethics Get Left in the Dust?

The battle between the FBI and Apple over the unlocking of a terrorist’s iPhone will likely require Congress to create new legislation. That’s because there really aren’t any existing laws which encompass technologies such as these. The battle is between security and privacy, with Silicon Valley fighting for privacy. The debates in Congress will be ugly, uninformed, and emotional. Lawmakers won’t know which side to pick and will flip flop between what lobbyists ask and the public’s fear du jour. And because there is no consensus on what is right or wrong, any decision they make today will likely be… read more

Can We Trust Robot Cars to Make Hard Choices?

The ethics of robot cars has been a hot topic recently. In particular, if a robot car encounters a situation where it is forced to hit one person or another—which should it… read more

What We’re Reading This Week Across the Web (Through Feb 28)

Enjoy this week’s stories! ROBOTS: Will Robots Be Able to Help Us Die? Graham Templeton | Motherboard “From robo-assisted suicide to commercial drone use in urban areas, robots will create new… read more