Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Discussing Asimov's laws of robotics and a draft revision

This is me discussing robot ethics with Dallas Campbell for BBC1's Bang Goes The Theory. I outline the five new ethical principles for roboticists proposed by the EPSRC/AHRC working group. Click here for the working group's full report, including a commentary on these draft proposals.

With thanks to Simon Mackie, senior content producer for the Bang Goes The Theory website, for the code to embed this video clip.


  1. Excellent interview Alan and nice to see some sound sense regarding robotics going out on the BBC.
    On the question of ethics, I was interested to know where you stand on the notion that robots are set to take jobs & cause further unemployment. Are there ethical spaces out there for robots where this will not happen? - Wasn't this also the unfounded belief of computers!

  2. Thank you for your comment and kind words.

    On the question of jobs - I think that you have raised a deeply problematical question. It's something of an elephant-in-the-room in robotics. My view that that it's nonsense to pretend that robots don't replace jobs - we only need to look at a car assembly line for evidence of that. But at the same time robotics is creating new jobs - some would argue by creating a whole new industry sector. But the hard question (which I don't pretend to have an answer for) is what is the net effect - the balance of job loss and job creation.

    Many thanks,

    ps. Great blog!