Watch: A Robot Refusing An Order
Researchers at Tufts University Human-Interaction Lab are working on an issue that has been troubling science fiction fans for decades: when can (and should) a say no?
Robots performing instructions precisely according to what they are programmed and ordered to do seems an obvious requirement – what use is athat behaves unexpectedly or one that doesn’t do what it’s made to? But following instructions unquestioningly could in itself pose serious risks to human lives.
Imagine a– twice the size of an average man, hurtling down the street at the behest of its owner, completely disregarding the safety of bystanders. Or, a following orders to knock down a building without taking into account the people that could still be inside. No, when robots finally
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