AISB Convention 2015

Call for Symposium Proposals: The AISB Convention is an annual conference covering the range of AI and Cognitive Science, organised by the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour. The 2015 Con...


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Yasemin Erden on BBC

AISB Committee member, and Philosophy Programme Director and Lecturer, Dr Yasemin J. Erden interviewed for the BBC on 29 October 2013. Speaking on the Today programme for BBC Radio 4, as well as the Business Report for BBC world N...


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Mark Bishop on BBC ...

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 et...


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AISB YouTube Channel

The AISB has launched a YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/AISBTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/AISBTube). The channel currently holds a number of videos from the AISB 2010 Convention. Videos include the AISB round t...


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Lighthill Debates

The Lighthill debates from 1973 are now available on YouTube. You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video  


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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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