Friendly Robots and Robot Ethics


Robots are here and here to stay. Their capabilities are only increasing, and with the use of new technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, they are being taught to learn, make decisions, and evaluate more complex problems. Robots are being designed to be less like machines and more like humans. They are getting human names, voices, and their own robot personalities. The question that many might be asking is how far technology can take these friendly robots. Intuition, personality, morals, and emotions are uniquely human, and as robot technology advances towards recreating and imitating these traits, there are a lot of unknowns and some ethical issues, which are going to need to be tackled collectively.

Ethical Issues about Robot

There have always been various ethical questions surrounding the current and future use of robotic technology. Many of these questions are hypothetical, but some are very real with a real impact on how people live, such as the potential loss of many jobs. Here are just two other ethical questions that have been asked concerning the human race’s growing love for robots.

• How can the world’s security be safeguarded by unintended consequences and “evil” robots? The more hardware, training, software, and data that a robot and artificial intelligence system is given, the better it becomes. It can evaluate information better, run algorithms faster, and do all this more accurately. The benefits are far-reaching and depend on the use of the AI system but could include better safety on the roads, faster response to incidents, better use of resources in manufacturing, and better performance on the stock market.

Ethics experts have been asking for a long time, whether it is possible for a robot to become too intelligent and be used for malicious purposes. Rogue robots have been highly depicted in many movies, but the likelihood of this is very slim without outside influence. Robots do not have their own intuition but depend on computer systems and their programming. As long as these are carefully protected, rogue robots remain a TV reality only. As robots become smarter and are given more duties and responsibility, the issue of AI cyber-security is only going to become more important to protect robots from hackers.

• How can companies protect against robot mistakes? Robots are computers and are only as useful as the code that instructs them. The goal of AI and machine learning is to make robots more intelligent and allow them to draw conclusions and make decisions about never-before-seen situations. They are to do this using information about past situations and by accessing lots and lots of data and coding. That being said, there are limitations on how intelligent a robot can be. Companies need to protect against these consequences. Human beings, with a sense of right and wrong, values, and intuition, can make the wrong decision unknowingly. Robots do not have these internal senses and must use what they are given to make a decision. They need to be educated about value and consequences.

The Power of Programming and the Future of AI Emotion

Robotic programming is powerful in that it controls the entire operation and “brain” of the robot. The better the programming is, the better the robot. The examples above do, however, show some of the limitations of robots.

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The journey of robots becoming friendlier and less robotic is well on its way. Robots for home use, whether as a phone app or physical tech gadget or robot, are not just helpful, but also friendly. The right programming has the power to train these assistants on various human emotions and give these robots a sense of feeling. As robots get exposed to different situations, their grasp of emotions and their unique experiences are going to make them even more personal and unique.

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