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Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Frances Zhu, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: AI and space robots, safeguards, robotic operators and more
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John Batchelor and I welcomed Dr. Frances Zhu of the University of Hawaii AI and Space Robotics lab to discuss AI, robots, intelligence as applied to each, plus the question of a bad or good robot. Our guest talked about robots being created to accomplish a specific mission, not to be bad or good. For that they might be very smart but for everything else they might be dumb. John asked about AI and robots getting out of control and going after people. Our guest did not think that to be probable but safeguards might be appropriate on the human operators. At the end of the program we very briefly mentioned the robotic dog being built to be a service dog replacement. John mentioned having seen a video with a copy cat robotic dog with a military automatic rifle strapped to its back shooting up the test place. He thought this was done by a Russian developer. You can see the link to the short video here: https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/this-submachine-gun-equipped-robot-dog-goes-full-john-wick-at-shooting-range. This example drives home the need to give serious thought to safeguards on the humans behind the AI and the robots as the humans in control would be the more likely cause of AI and robots going after other humans. Post your thoughts on this on our blog.
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You can email Mr. Batchelor or Dr. Zhu through me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Dr. Zhu can also be reached through her lab website at the University of Hawaii.