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Does AI pose a threat to society?

Automation could offer massive opportunities but we must be wary

By Sameer Rahim  

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“Scientists fear revolt of killer robots.” When he read that headline Alan Winfield, Professor of Robot Ethics at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, was shocked. Speaking at a British Academy debate in Bristol, Winfield said he had told the journalist who wrote the story that discussion about robot ethics was simply a case of scientists behaving responsibly. Winfield then spent several days on national radio explaining that scientists do not fear a revolt of killer robots.

Winfield has participated with the British Standards Institute in drafting…

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