2017/03: The Month in Robot Ethics


What people talked about in March 2017:

Robots and work

In a flood of online articles and reactions, the topic of how robots will affect work rose to prominence.

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Uber car traffic accident and liability laws in UK

Intel’s struggle with the AI market

Robot doctors perform better than humans

  • There has been an ongoing discussion about robots in medicine. In January already, Wired had reported: “If You Look at X-Rays or Moles for a Living, AI Is Coming for Your Job”: For every 10 lesions surgically biopsied, only one melanoma gets discovered. That’s a lot of unnecessary knifing. So doctors are now turning to artificial intelligence to tell the difference between innocuous and potentially fatal blotches.
  • Now, the International Business Times reports that Google’s Deep Learning AI project diagnoses cancer faster than pathologists.
  • In a related piece of news, Wired reports of a new surgical robot that can very precisely drill into the skull, in a way that is impossible to do manually: A Robot Ear Surgeon Drills Into the Future of Medicine: This thing should also make surgeons nervous. I mean, not this robot per se, but the vanguard it’s a part of. Because while surgeons are in total control of the cochlear bot, more machines are coming that will automate much of medicine. And that future will make for a potential regulatory — and public relations — mess.

DeepMind in talks to optimise electricity grid

Robotic delivery in the grocery industry

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Thanks for reading, and a good April to all!

— Andy@moral-robots.com, http://moral-robots.com