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Our Robot Future And Bizarre Circumstances To Ensue


05/09/16 - Think of our robot future . . . and some bizarre circumstances certain to ensue.

What awaits us in legal and philosophical dilemmas, as well as in “roboethics?” Consider a robot out to protect its own existence, with threats to a human? What about when a driverless car runs down a pedestrian?

There are many more possibilities, and we’ll have experts on hand to consider them.


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