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Robotics

Robots and Jobs – Discussion

Every time I give a public talk about robots people ask questions about the impact on jobs. Let’s discuss some of the issues around robots and jobs, and people and robots might work together in the future.  

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Robots and Jobs

Robots have an impact on jobs. We have discussed the balance that occurs when some jobs disappear and new jobs appear. However, Doug and I consider whether there is an ethical stance to be taken when individuals lose their jobs.  

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Fear of Robots

We like robots but there’s also an element of fear, perhaps stoked by all those books and movies about our new robot overlords. I’m going to speculate a little about where the fear comes from.  

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Robots and War – Discussion

I ask Doug Baker what ethics says about robots making autonomous decisions to kill during combat and he responds by explaining the importance of moral agency. We also discuss progress in robotics as measured by Asimov’s three laws.  

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Robots and Privacy – Discussion

It is not surprising public concern about robotic aircraft has prompted discussion about the potential to invade our privacy. However you might be surprised to learn our concept of privacy is changing over time and the real issue is autonomy.  

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Robots and Our Environment

Our planet is hurting and we need to understand better where the pain is and how the ecosystem is coping. We need data, but traditional methods are slow and expensive, can robots help?  

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Robotic Cars – Discussion

Is it acceptable that self-driving cars will cause accidents if they kill fewer people than human drivers? When an accident occurs is it a moral or a legal issue?  

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Robotic Cars

More people means more travel. Will our roads cope and are we doomed to a future of increased road rage. Let’s talk about transport and how robots might help.  

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Robots and Food Production

Food. With more people we need to have more of it, but there are real challenges with producing what we will need. Can robots help?  

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Robots and Society

Robots don’t exist in isolation from human society; we create them to help us. What are the big challenges that society faces?  

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Ethics 101 – Discussion

Ethics is a global guide as to the right thing to do. Listen as Doug Baker explains this for us in terms of teleology and deontology with examples to help us understand.  

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Ethics 101 – Part 1

We may often use the term ethics but what does it mean? What is an ethical problem and what is not? Is ethics independent of culture? Here’s a very quick introduction to the principles of ethics.  

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Introduction to Robots and the Future

We will discuss some important non-technical aspects of robotics. What are the problems facing our society that robots might help to address? There are lots of tasks that robots could do, but should they? What are the ethical considerations around robots? Why are people scared of robots?  

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Forward Dynamics

So far we have worked out the torques on a robot’s joints based on joint position, velocity and acceleration. For simulation we want the opposite, to know its motion given the torques applied to the joints. This is called the forward dynamics problem.  

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