“Robots should be fitted with an 'ethical black box' to keep track of their decisions.”

Autonomous robots need a way to record and explain their decision making


Thu, Jul 20th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

With AI rapidly improving and Musk saying that robots will kill us all, researchers are asking that autonomous robots be equipped with a "black box" so that their decisions can be recorded and examined in the event of an accident.

The need for such a safety measure has become more pressing as robots have spread beyond the controlled environments of industrial production lines to work alongside humans as driverless cars, security guards, carers and customer assistants, they claim.

Scientists will make the case for the devices at a conference at the University of Surrey on Thursday where experts will discuss progress towards autonomous robots that can operate without human control. The proposal comes days after a K5 security robot named Steve fell down steps and plunged into a fountain while on patrol at a riverside complex in Georgetown, Washington DC. No one was hurt in the incident.



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