Special Report: Trusting Robots
Robots will soon have the power of life and death over human beings. Are they ready? Are we?
In the not-so-distant future, we will begin entrusting to robotic systems such vital tasks as driving a car, performing surgery, and choosing when to apply lethal force in a war zone. As we describe in this report, ever more autonomous machines will present challenges spanning technical, regulatory, and even philosophical realms. They will force us to confront deep moral quandaries, and might even tweak our sense of who we are. More »
Can You Program Ethics Into a Self-Driving Car?
When self-driving cars kill, the coders may end up on trial
Would You Trust a Robot Surgeon to Operate on You?
Precise and dexterous surgical robots may take over the operating room
Do We Want Robot Warriors to Decide Who Lives or Dies?
How artificial intelligence will change warfare as we know it
How to Build a Moral Robot
If robots are going to drive our cars and play with our kids, we’ll need to teach them right from wrong
Robot Surgeons Are Taking Over the O.R.
Here’s how six of the coolest surgical robots are transforming the operating room
Self-Driving Cars Will Be Ready Before Our Laws Are
Putting autonomous vehicles on the road isn’t just a matter of fine-tuning the technology
Would You Let a Robot Give Your Grandmother Her Meds?
To build reliable robots, we need to understand what it means to trust someone or something
Why Should We Ban Robot Weapons? To Survive.
Too little attention has been paid to the material dangers of an AI-powered war
Will Robocars Make You Puke?
If you read and face backward while being robo-chauffeured, you may indeed lose your lunch
Tesla Reveals Crowdsourced Autopilot Data
Six month’s worth of beta-testing is showing what works and what needs tweaking
Autonomous Robot Surgeon Bests Humans in World First
In a tricky procedure on pigs, robotic surgery produced better outcomes
Inside an MRI, a Non-Metallic Robot Performs Prostate Surgery
If this surgical robot masters prostate procedures, brain surgery may be next
Hard Questions Remain on Autonomous Weapons
Banning robotic weapons is more complicated than advocates have suggested
Autonomous Weapons Could Be Ready “Within Years”
Critics warn robotic weapons could soon be making killing decisions on their own