Dr. Elizabeth Croft demonstrated her research on human-robot interaction via live feed to high school students at a conference in Castlegar, BC. Along with the potential for robots to act as live-in caregivers in the near future, she discussed the moral issues that can arise as robots become more integrated into our lives.
Humans programming a machine to distribute painkillers might have conflicting ideas about pain thresholds, or about the morality of using narcotics. Robots might one day be capable of subjective, values-based decision-making—but who will program them, and with whose values?
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