“Apocalyptic pronouncements from scientists and entrepreneurs have driven [a] surge in interest” in artificial intelligence, writes The Guardian's science editor Ian Sample. But is it reasonable to expect that machines will one day willfully turn on their human creators?
Scientists at MIT have unveiled cube shaped-robots that can flip, jump and assemble themselves into different shapes, and which they hope will one day be able to "accomplish specific tasks in combat or emergency situations," the BBC reports.
You may think the interests and makeup of America's current leadership make this an unideal time to develop galloping robots, but the engineers at Boston Dynamics don't.
The U.N.’s special investigator into human rights will call Thursday for a ban on "killer robots" that could attack targets without human direction, before such devices come into existence.
The entire episode involves a seamless integration of robots and troops working in tandem, of next-generation drones “wired” together and operating in teams, and of autonomous drones making their own decisions. But there’s a reason you’ve never read about it in the New York Times or the Washington Post. It won’t take place for 20 years.
Nations will inevitably be more willing to use warfare as a foreign policy tool if they possess instruments limiting the cost of waging war.
We've seen several cases by now of entertainers crossing over into the political realm, but few treat that career-swapping switch like a revolving door. First of all, it's unwise, and second, it's not easily done -- unless, apparently, you're Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Well, really, what else did you think former California Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger would do with his free time? Having left the Golden State's governor's post to non-action-hero Jerry Brown, Schwarzenegger promptly tweeted his hopeful return to Hollywood .