terminator-5-genesis-scriptThe British government is “rushing headlong into the robotics revolution” with no heed for the many dangers that the technology brings, says a leading artificial intelligence researcher. Professor Noel Sharkey, an emeritus professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at Sheffield University, said that British policies on robotics are “pathetic”, and that the country is “sleepwalking into it, leaving it until we can’t do anything about it, as we have with the internet”. Speaking at the launch of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics (FRR) at the Wellcome Trust in London, he said that the government had invested just £17 million in robotics research, and that “the effects on society aren’t mentioned at all”, while the ethical implications of robotics garnered only a single mention low down in one policy document.

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