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Science AMA Series: We study how intelligent machines can help us (think of a car that could park itself after dropping you off) while at the same time they threaten to radically disrupt our economic l
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Hi Reddit! We are computer scientists and ethicists who are examining the societal, ethical, and labor market implications of increasing automation due to artificial intelligence. Autonomous robots, self-driving cars, drones, and facial recognition devices already are affecting people’s careers, ambitions, privacy, and experiences. With machines becoming more intelligent, many people question whether the world is ethically prepared for the change. Extreme risks such as killer robots are a concern, but even more so are the issues around fitting autonomous systems into our society. We’re seeing an impact from artificial intelligence on the labor market. You hear about the Google Car—there are millions of people who make a living from driving like bus drivers and taxi drivers. What kind of jobs are going to replace them? This AMA is facilitated by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) as part of their Annual Meeting Bart Selman, professor of computer science, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. The Future of AI: Reaping the Benefits While Avoiding Pitfalls Moshe Vardi, director of the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology, Rice University, Houston, Texas Smart Robots and Their Impact on Employment Wendell Wallach, ethicist, Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, New Haven, Conn. Robot Morals and Human Ethics We’ll be back at 12 pm EST (9 am PST, 5 pm UTC) to answer your questions, ask us anything!