Will future robots be capable of following moral principles?

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Moral machines in the future?

Will robots in the future be capable of follow moral principles and understand them?  A robot walks into a bar and says, “I’ll have a screwdriver.” That is definitely a bad joke. But what if the robot says “Give me what’s in your cash register?”  That would be even less funny.

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Japanese spandex manufacturer makes elastic electric and USB cables

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Asahi Kasei Fibers, a Japanese company which manufactures spandex and other textiles, has applied its knowledge of stretchable materials to make stretchable elastic power and USB cables.

 

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Post-Employment Era: Humans need not apply

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Perhaps comedian Steven Wright said it best:

“I lost my job the other day. Well, I didn’t really lose it. I know where it’s at, it’s just when I go there someone else is doing it.”

They say that the truest comedy is the funniest, and there is nothing truer than the statement above. Steven’s old job didn’t go anywhere… his employer just found someone more qualified, more efficient, or less costly to do it. In today’s economy where layoffs and a bleak job market are the norm, the joke has lost a great deal of it’s humor. But a good look at the data proves Steven’s point — all those jobs are still there, it’s just that employers are finding more qualified, more efficient, and more cost-effective help.

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QinetiQ introduces unmanned micro military robot

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QinetiQ North America (QNA), a defense technology company has launched a ten-pound tyke of a robot that can operate in hostile military environments, doing reconnaissance before fighters come in. The DR10 robot is designed as a lightweight offshoot of the company’s Dragon Runner military robots. The new DR Lite edition is intended specifically for supporting small military units and first responders.

 

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Foxconn to replace hard-working people with 1 million robots

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There are 10,000 robots at the factory now and that number will increase by 300,000 next year.

Hard-working human maufacturers are about to be replaced by about 1 million robots at Foxconn. If you think about it that is a number that is a very telling comment on the current state of electronics manufacturing.

 

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Swarming Micro Air Vehicle’s Act as a Mobile Wireless Network

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Swarming Micro Air Vehicle Network

Sometimes the aftermath of a natural disaster is just as bad as the disaster itself, as the rescue teams on the ground can face a stiff challenge when it comes to communicating with the outside world and one another. Of course, our favorite problem solvers are here to help: tiny flying robots. (video)

 

 

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Teaching Robots to Deceive Humans

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A group of roboticists at the Georgia Institute of Technology are teaching robots to deceive.

A group of roboticists at the Georgia Institute of Technology are teaching robots to do something you wouldn’t normally peg as a good thing: deceiving others. Why would a robot need to do that? It’s a fine line, the researchers say, but it could be very beneficial.

 

 

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Luna Ring – Transforming the Moon into a Solar Power Plant

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Luna Ring

We’ve heard about schemes to gather solar power directly from space before, but designers at Japan’s Shimizu Corporation have taken the idea to a new level with the Luna Ring, a concept solar power plant on the moon. The plan involves building a 6,800 mile “solar belt” around the moon, beaming electricity to earth with microwaves and lasers, and setting up receiving stations on Earth where the power can then be used.

 

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