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Friday, February 5, 2016

Artificial intelligence: Who’s regulating the robots?

By Selina Chignall
iPolitics Canada
Originally published Jan 13, 2016

In 2014, famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking warned ominously that “the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.”

While the prospect of humanity being taken over by super-intelligent robots may seem less fanciful that it once was, the more immediate threat, say AI experts, is the lack of mobilization by governments to deal with the policy implications of AI.

John Danaher, an assistant professor of law at the National University of Ireland, Galway, who researches and blogs on AI and the relationship between humans and technology, predicts that AI will affect our lives incrementally.

“Indeed, they are already doing so. We rely on AI systems all the time, many times in ways we do not fully appreciate,” Danaher said.

With this technology already a part of our daily lives, or soon to be — with driverless cars, robots and machines helping doctors in the medical profession — there has been little attention paid to how and should it be regulated.

The article is here.