[ExI] first robot kill?

Anders Sandberg anders at aleph.se
Fri Jul 22 21:30:32 UTC 2016

On 2016-07-22 19:07, Adrian Tymes wrote:
> On Jul 22, 2016 8:47 AM, "spike" <spike66 at att.net 
> <mailto:spike66 at att.net>> wrote:
> > Partial alleviation of the problem: require the constables to 
> release the video and audio of the encounter between the drone and the 
> perp, perhaps realtime.
> Which raises its own problems, but those are being dealt with today.  
> See "police body cameras", specifically the arguments for and against 
> public release of footage from an encounter - especially if 
> potentially lethal force was involved.

I think mandating cameras and ensuring the footage cannot easily be 
manipulated is a good thing. But note that this is all about preventing 
human misbehavior and abuse of power.

My concern was automation making abuse of power automatable. Again, 
automated use of power that can be (publicly) monitored and held 
accountable is likely OK overall, but there is a real risk of either 
making it untraceable/secret, or scaling it up so that when the use 
becomes abuse there is no chance of responding democratically. These are 
situations we ought to work to reduce the probability of.

Dr Anders Sandberg
Future of Humanity Institute
Oxford Martin School
Oxford University

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