February 12, 2012

Robots in the anthropocene

I gave a talk at the Robotics Innovation Challenge conference on February 9, describing my views on how robotics might develop in the near future. My notes for the talk/an essay are here as a PDF

During the panel I ended up arguing a bit with Rodney Brooks about the problem of AI security. He responded to an audience question with a "total Hollywood nonsense"-response very similar to others I have heard in other disciplines. And he does have a good point - most robotic systems are utterly safe and the things to worry about are entirely separate from robot uprisings. However, that rapid dismissal also tends to throw out the baby of AI safety with the bathwater: implementing proper AI safety has just as much problem with simplified story renditions (actual claim heard from someone who ought to have known better: "Oh, we can always use a computer virus to stop it!")

Posted by Anders3 at February 12, 2012 06:37 PM