• Question: Do you think there is a point where we should stop creating robots?How far should we go?

    Asked by Yana to Abbie, Melanie, Paul, Stu, Tom on 8 Mar 2016.
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      Abbie Hutty answered on 8 Mar 2016:

      I think we can’t stop – even if some companies or countries were to stop, others would carry on. But we definitely need to think about how we regulate the industry with things like drones and autonomous vehicles and robot assistants and companions for the ill and elderly, and how data is stored and used. That just comes down to a need for our laws and regulations evolving as fast as the technology it governs, though, which is a challenge true of all technology advances.

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      Paul Webb answered on 8 Mar 2016:

      I agree Abby once the snowball is rolling down hill it’s hard to stop even if you wanted it to, only thing would be to moderate which direction it goes in or in the future terminator movies could potentially become reality rather than fiction


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      Stuart Inglis answered on 8 Mar 2016:

      If you’re thinking about robots taking over the world I’m pretty sure we’re safe from that! That would require a very complex artificial intelligence (AI) which is a long way off and would be tightly controlled so that it can’t try to wipe us out like i-robot! I personally would love to see a helpful AI like Jarvis from Iron Man (one of my favourite films!) developed in my lifetime – something which Mr Zuckerburg of Facebook fame is currently looking in to I believe! 🙂

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      Melanie Zimmer answered on 18 Mar 2016:

      I don’t think we should. Robots do a lot of good and helpful work, we need to take further. As with weapons and guns, it is not robots that kill people, but other people do. In my point of view the use of robots in the military and war should possibly be restricted, but I fear there is a lot of development going on we are not aware of.