Assessing the Risk of a Robot Uprising

Friday, December 07, 2012

Transcript

The threat of man-made machines rising up against humanity sounds like the premise of a science fiction movie, but a group of academics in the UK are looking into the possibility that such a threat could become reality. A new research center at the University of Cambridge is examining extinction-level risks to humanity, from the rise of killer robots to nuclear war. Brooke speaks with Martin Rees, an astrophysics professor and co-founder of the Center for the Study of Existential Risk.

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Comments [1]

TammyB

In my mind, the danger is not from sentient killer robots, but rather the fact that we are reliquishing decision-making processes to algorithms...like when Wall Street computers go wild. I have never doubted that if we have a nuclear holocaust, it will be the result of an unforeseen computer "oops."

Dec. 09 2012 11:52 AM

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