Rapid developments in the automation of our everyday lives has prompted an internationally renowned multidisciplinary group of 25 technology scholars to form the Foundation for Responsible Robotics (FRR).
We are on the cusp of a robotics revolution with governments and corporations looking to robotics as a powerful new economic driver. Despite the disruptive impact of the increasing automation in our work places, our streets and our homes, only lip service is being paid to the long list of potential societal hazards including human rights violations and the potential for mass unemployment.
Journalists came to the SMC to hear the panel highlight many of the issues that will emerge within the next decade if robotics remains unchecked, and outline what action can be taken.
Dr Aimee van Wynsberghe, Assistant Professor of Philosophy of Technology, University of Twente, Netherlands
Prof. Noel Sharkey, Emeritus Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, University of Sheffield
Prof. Johanna Seibt, Professor in the School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, Denmark
Dr Amanda Sharkey, Senior Lecturer, Department of Computer Sciences, University of Sheffield