AI Europe 2016

  Partnership between AISB and AI Europe 2016: Next December 5th and 6th in London, AI Europe will bring together the European AI eco-system by gathering new tools and future technologies appearing in professional fields for th...


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AISB convention 2017

  In the run up to AISB2017 convention (http://aisb2017.cs.bath.ac.uk/index.html), I've asked Joanna Bryson, from the organising team, to answer few questions about the convention and what comes with it. Mohammad Majid...


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Harold Cohen

Harold Cohen, tireless computer art pioneer dies at 87   Harold Cohen at the Tate (1983) Aaron image in background   Harold Cohen died at 87 in his studio on 27th April 2016 in Encintias California, USA.The first time I hear...


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Dancing with Pixies?...

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Computerised Minds. ...

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Connection Science

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Mark Bishop on BBC & CITY A.M.

Mark Bishop, Chair of the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour, appeared on Newsnight to discuss the ethics of ‘killer robots’. He was approached to give his view on a report raising questions on the ethical use of machines programmed to kill people or destroy targets. Unlike drones, 'killer robots' operate autonomously on the battlefield.

 

CITY A.M.
"During the last decade robots have begun to permeate everyday life (robotic lawn mowers; floor cleaners, autonomous cars etc); equally, closely related technologies are beginning to permeate the military– already US naval ships are defended by autonomous Phalanx anti-missile systems; Israeli occupied territories by the Iron Dome etc.


However most scientists in the field believe the widespread deployment of such ‘killer robots’ is not without danger; reflecting this concern, in the absence of clear scientific evidence that robot weapons have, or are likely to have in the foreseeable future, the functionality required for accurate target identification, situational awareness or decisions regarding the proportional use of force, the organizing committee of the AISB (the UK society for Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour) recently endorsed a petition of scientists questioning whether they could meet the strict international requirements for the legal the use of force; there is fear and it is real."

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