Why Ethical Robots Might Not Be Such a Good Idea After All | AI

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Photo: Bristol Robotics Lab

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This week my colleague Dieter Vanderelst presented our paper: “The Dark Side of ” at AIES 2018 in New Orleans.

I blogged about Dieter's very elegant experiment here, but let me summarize. With two NAO robots he set up a demonstration of an ethical robot helping another robot acting as a proxy human, then showed that with a very simple alteration of the ethical robot's logic it is transformed into a distinctly unethical robot—behaving either competitively or aggressively toward the proxy human.

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