Show Notes & Research
From the Show
Broadcast: 21st February, 2016
Last update: 22nd February, 2016
Published: 29th February, 2016
- Read the feedback, notes from the last show
- Begin recording
- Introduction and description of the podcast, goals, modus operandi.
- What An investigation of everything from a British perspective by two brothers (who consider themselves to be relatively normal chaps), one topic at a time.
- Who Geoffrey Campos (engineer and devil’s advocate),
Benjamin de-Campos (designer and believer).
- How Choose a topic of interest, spend a little time researching it, have a discussion then publish the notes - which are available on the site to read along!
- Why The main benefits are the fostering of a greater understanding of the world before we die and hopefully, to prompt further thought and discussion from our listeners.
- The topic we will be discussing in this episode is Robots
We’re living in an age where otherwise normal people prefer to deftly caress glowing rectangles than exchange more than a few sentences with their kin. We’re locked in our homes cosseted with the convenience of online purchasing and large screen televisions. Technology seductively iterates in an ever tightening stranglehold. The tremor in a surgeon's hand, a customer service representative’s botched order, palliative bathroom duties - the writing's on the wall for human labour. It is only a matter of time where, from the shoulders of giants, we summon the machines that will ultimately replace us. Are we soon to relinquish control of our own destiny? Is this the time of peak human?
What we’re not talking about
- Novaya Zemlya archipelago
Each bullet is a talking point. Sub-bullets are topics that may or may not be covered. Usage: Read the bullet and sub-bullets then talk about some or all sub-bullets.
- Coined by Isaac Asimov in the 50s
- ‘A machine capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically, especially one programmable by a computer’ - oxforddictionaries.com
- 1969-1976 Freddy 1 & 2. Robotic hand that used 3D scanners to determine the position of blocks. Department of Machine Intelligence, Edinburgh
- 1999 Sony AIBO (Artificial Intelligence Robot)
- 2000-2006 Honda Asimo (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility)
- Personal minders
- Piloting vehicles
- Dangerous jobs
- Are we going to talk about artificial intelligence?
- Asimov’s 3 robot laws Originally designed to provide quandaries
- A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
- A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
- A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.
- Human robots
- Biological robots
- Will human looking robots affect moral considerations?
- Rapidity of development
- State of the art
- Software, Google Now, On Tap
- "Other drivers have hit us 14 times since the start of our project in 2009 (including 11 rear-enders), and not once has the self-driving car been the cause of the collision,"
- technological singularity
- “In short, software is eating the world.” - Marc Andresseen, August 20, 2011
- Technological unemployment
- Biomechanical hybridisation
- Interstellar travel
- The Terminator (1984) by James Cameron & Gale Anne Hurd - singularity
- A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) screenplay by Ian Watson - morality, consciousness
- Metropolis (1927) screenplay by Fritz Lang - hardware
- Blade Runner (1982) screenplay by Hampton Fancher & David Webb People - transhumanism
- Star Wars (1977) by George Lucas - utility
- The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) Screenplay by Edmund H. North - law enforcement
- I, Robot (1950) by Isaac Asimov - utility, morality
- The Bicentennial Man (1976) by Isaac Asimov - eventual transhumanism, consciousness
- The Matrix (1999) by Andy Wachowski & Laurence (at the time) Wachowski - consciousness, ethics and philosophy
- Blood Music (1985) by Greg Bear - grey goo
- The Mechanical (2015) by Ian Tregillis - morality
- Battlestar Galactica - the 2004 reboot - transhumanism, racism
- 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) by Stanley Kubrick - HAL 9000, computing moral calculus
Terminology specific to the topic
- Technological Singularity When machines become capable of recursive self-improvement.
- Details about site, contacts, next show: Sport
- Outro music of choice - something open source or out of copyright so we don’t get sued
- Recording ends, postmortem recording begins
- Add intro music, outro, any editing
From the Show
Notes, corrections and further references
Building the Boeing 787-9 (Timelapse) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJZk9vNS8NE
Freddy II robot (1973) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3c1Ff99RjkQ
How to Help Self-Driving Cars Make Ethical Decisions - MIT Technology Review
Robot morality and moral machines. Colin Allen (YouTube)
Computing Machinery and Intelligence - Alan Turing, 1950
Soft Robot Challenge 2016