Not so secretly fascinated by robots these days, I found this golden nugget that was presented this week at the AISB/IACAP World Congress 2012 in Birmingham, UK, about robots, theory of mind and empathy.
MORAL COGNITION & THEORY OF MIND
The dangers inherent in autonomous systems initiating kill orders are a central concern for critics of military robots. They commonly point out the fact that present day robots lack situational awareness and are unable to distinguish combatants from non-combatants. Nor will robots be likely to have the necessary capabilities to perform these tasks in the near future. Distinguishing friend from foe, for example, is also a difficult challenge for humans, but we bring cognitive resources to bear on the problem that are unavailable to robots. [via]
img of Nico who exhibits “primitive self awareness” as he is able to recognize himself in a mirror -from MIT’s Kevin Gold, collaborator with Yale’s Brian Scassellati.