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ECLECTICIST: Robots

Show Notes & Research

Introduction

Topic Overview

Off-topic

Talking Points

Glossary

Wrap Up

From the Show

Broadcast: 21st February, 2016

Last update: 22nd February, 2016

Published: 29th February, 2016

Introduction

Topic Overview

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?

Off-topic

What we’re not talking about

Talking Points

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.

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

Glossary

Terminology specific to the topic

Wrap Up

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)

Amazon Robotics

Computing Machinery and Intelligence - Alan Turing, 1950

Soft Robot Challenge 2016