Trusting Robots: How much should we hand over to robots?

Trusting Robots
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The Insight program brings together surprising and unpredictable guests: people with first-hand experience of the issues, as well as experts and those with strong opinions on the subject.

Stephen Hawking recently warned that the development of full artificial intelligence (AI) systems could spell the end of the human race. What are the ethical and moral questions to consider?

Trusting Robots

From agriculture and manufacturing to education and medicine, some experts are predicting a future where blue and white collar workers will soon be replaced. As the technological progress has seen robots become more sophisticated, so what will be the economic impact of AI?


Could we actually be entering an age of abundance for humans catered to by robot slaves? The program asks: Is humanity really being threatened by thinking robots, and where will robotic advances take us into the future?

Meet the Guests:

Yvonne Cartwright

Mum of two autistic children who uses a robot to help them learn: “It’s abo ut not being judged, it’s about the robot or the computer or the iPad will repeat things 100 times over and it really doesn’t matter.”

Wendy Moyle

Professor Moyle is Director of the Centre for Health Practice Innovation : “We’ve got a very large trial running with over 400 people with dementia… and we’re looking at whether (the robot) makes a difference to them in terms of emotional response… we’re halfway through the trial and certainly I’m seeing some very positive responses.”

Rob Sparrow

Associate Professor at Monash University and Ethicist: “People here are trying to have it two ways … it’s a conversation that is being driven by a vaudeville act from engineers and computer scientists.”

Peter Corke

Professor and Roboticist : “In this country we have productivity issues and if we’re not productive than as a country we’re not going to be able to compete. So I think people plus machines is going to improve our global productivity and competitiveness.”

Toby Walsh

Professor Walsh is NICTA Director and artificial intelligence specialist : “One of the problems with all technologies is it can be used for good or for bad… the technology could be misused by people and that’s something we just have to be aware of and to worry about how we control the technology.”

Tim Dean

Science Editor and Philosopher : “The idea of working to earn a living could change. Some people talk about a universal basic income, basically giving everybody a preliminary wage .”



Insight Program Team:

Presenter: Jenny Brockie Follow @jenbrockie

Co-Producers: Paige MacKenzie Follow @paigeymackenzie Stefanie Collett Follow @stefcollett

Associate Producer: Amanda Xiberras Follow @AmandaXiberras

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