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Question: do your robots ever rebel and take over the world?

Asked by robertthefriendlydragon2 to Alan, Caspar, Diana, Murray, Sarah on 21 Mar 2011 in Categories: . This question was also asked by perryhandcannon, neems13, ilzf.

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  • Photo: Alan WinfieldAlan Winfield answered on 15 Mar 2011:

    Hi Robert

    No, well not yet anyway! The first thing to say is that robots are designed things – we invented and built them – so unless you’re an evil genius (and I don’t think I am) why would you build robots that even can rebel and take over the world?

    Secondly – and perhaps more seriously – in the future when robots are much more powerful than they are now then we will need to be very careful – not about them rebelling – but about them accidentally doing something wrong and it getting out of hand. Imagine we could make really tiny – almost invisible – robots that could fly, for example. Then you let them loose and somehow lose control of them. They could do some damage I expect – so that’s why some roboticists like me work on the safety and reliability of intelligent robots.

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  • Photo: Sarah ThomasSarah Thomas answered on 18 Mar 2011:

    I’ll leave this question to Alan to answer…. ;-)

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  • Photo: Murray CollinsMurray Collins answered on 21 Mar 2011:

    I think Alan has a master plan to takeover the world with his robots, but he’s not letting on. ;)

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  • Photo: Caspar AddymanCaspar Addyman answered on 21 Mar 2011:

    I would recommend this book. “How to survive a robot uprising”. It is by a robot researcher called Daniel Wilson. He has a phd in robotics so he knows what he is talking about.. And mostly he is joking…. mostly.

    http://www.robotuprising.com/

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