Take a look around you right now. You may be sitting in front of a computer and, chances are, there’s a phone or some other “smart” device in your vicinity. There have been plenty of conversations about whether or not robots could – or should – be entrusted with life and death decisions. The United States Office of Naval Research announced a five year, $7.5 million grant to study the possibilities for creating moral robots. The five year program includes researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Tufts, Brown, Georgetown, and Yale Universities.
Besides all of the many technological challenges, the prospect of creating robots with morals raises an intriguing question: whose morals?
The basic idea is to create an infantile robot capable of acquiring moral sensibilities. That might result in a more human-like morality, but engineers have less control over the end result and there are risks in that, as well.
There are many questions about the ethicality of building moral robots, moral dilemmas which we have yet to work out. What’s your take?
Have you ever submitted a paper to a conference? There is currently a call for papers for the Eleventh Sustainability Conference to be hosted in Copenhagen, Denmark on 21-23 January 2015. Here’s an opportunity to share you great idea(s) for sustainability!
This is a knowledge community brought together by a common concern for sustainability in an holistic perspective, where environmental, cultural, economic and social concerns intersect. The community interacts through an innovative, annual face-to-face conference, as well as year-round online relationships, a family of peer reviewed journals, and book series. Members of this knowledge community include academics, teachers, administrators, policy makers, and other education practitioners.
Good luck to those who submit!
Think of the biker image of the daredevil: James Dean, Marlon Brando, Evil Knievel. Now think celebrities who rode motorcycles in the ’40s, like Humphrey Bogart, and in the ’50s and ’60s, like Elvis Presley and Steve McQueen. And the quintessential biker film “Easy Rider” with Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson [which is a must see for any real film-nik].
Now think about all their slick rides: Harley, Ducati, a classic Indian. And the leathers – jackets, boots, gloves, etc. OK… you’re in the right frame of mind… Here’s some new tech that promises to ‘revolutionize’ the headgear of the biker crowd (I wonder if you can get it with spikes sticking out of the top?)
Skully motorcycle helmets ties a whole lot of technology together with voice recognition and a head-up-display. Jason Dorrier on Singularity Hub says: “If the design is right, it’ll be awesome.” And another thumbs-up from TechNewsWorld
So – are you ready to “get your motor runnin’, head out on the highway”? Or at least design some cool tech-gear for the road?
A massive open online course (MOOC; /mu:k/) is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings, and problem sets, MOOCs provide interactive user forums that help build a community.
Although early MOOCs often emphasized open access features, some notable newer MOOCs use closed licenses for their course materials while maintaining free access for students.
See what everyone’s talking about in this quick tutorial:
What a great way to gain new skills and network with experts in a field of interest to you! Or share you expertise with others!