Wednesday, December 03, 2008

how to housebreak your robot

i gotta get me an i-pod
Originally uploaded by Dalmatica
First, make sure all computers and robots are never in a position where they must make a decision in which all the consequences cannot be predicted in advance. The likelihood of this strategy being widely deployed is highly unlikely however, as engineers are already building computers and robotic systems for use in environments where actions cannot always be predicted.

Second, do not give robots and computerized systems weapons. Semi-autonomous robotic weapons already exist, in the form of cruise missiles and Predator drones, and military planners are very interested in developing robotic soldiers as a way to reduce the deaths of human soldiers.

Third, install robots with Isaac Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics," which state that robots should not harm humans or allow them to come to harm through inaction, robots should always obey humans, and that robotic-self preservation is the lowest priority.

Fourth, program robots with principles for behavior that are more general than simplistic rules.

Fifth, educate robots like children. Machines that learn as they go through new experiences could develop a sensitivity to the actions that people consider to be right or wrong.

Finally, create machines capable of mastering emotions such as empathy, and give robots the ability to read non-verbal social cues.
The ACM's summary of the The New Scientist's review of Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right from Wrong by Yale University ethicist Wendell Wallach and historian and philosopher of cognitive science Colin Allen, at Indiana University.

1 comment:

Friendly Joe said...

Or throw all of that out the window and built this disturbing monster...

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