Ethical Technology advocates will intercede for humanity with a wave of robotics and artificial intelligence programs that will help operate our complex and connected communities by 2025.
Of course one of their important tasks is to negotiate our complicated relationship with robots by establishing the ethical and moral rules by which the devices – as well as their makers – simply operate.
Their role will be crucial in ensuring that not one of our nightmares about world domination of robots by chance come true. As Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft said, ‘The next important step in our AI goal is to agree on an empathic and ethical framework for the design.’
This is one of our most pressing concerns as the robot revolution unfolds, says roboticist and artist Alexander Reben – who has developed the first robot that can decide whether or not to inflict pain on a man.
‘I’ve shown that dangerous robots can really exist,’ he said. So we’re going to need people who can confront our fears about AI spiraling out of control.’
Other Ethical Technology advocates will work as robot trainers, showing their machine students how to recognize the subtle nuances of everyday speech and behaviors that will enable them to interact reliably – and easily – with their human superiors and peers.
As Fernando Pereira, a leading researcher in sound language knowledge at Google, says, ‘There is a lot of ambiguity in the way humans speak and act that demands a level of human common sense, and years of instruction from friends and family, to be aware of.
‘AI would be completely lost in tackling each of these subtleties unless it was a human instructor giving him such varied and rich powers to solve problems.’
It will be a human trainer that allows robots to keep us safe. Robotic nurses need to understand our grandfather’s sense of sarcastic humor for treating him right.
Ashleigh Rhea Gonzales, researcher in NLP new development and software system enhancements at Volumes Research, argues that creative arts training will provide these employees with the critical thinking and decision-making skills needed to shape business and federal policies around the rollout of AI and robots.
‘Technical skills like coding are helpful, but having a lot of business sense to build AI and robot care with the client’s best interests and requirements in mind is critical,’ he says.
The Ethical Technology Advocate’s communication skills will be critical in choosing the failure or perhaps success of the robot revolution. It will be their job to convince a skeptical public that the lineup of tools is in their greatest interest while all middle management and semi-skilled workgroups are being obsolete by automation.
‘If public opinion is the fact that the designers behind this particular technology are sloppy, we will never see a fully autonomous device on the market,’ says Gonzales.
‘Without solid communicators handling development, advertising, and damage control when something fails, robots will essentially fade from popularity.’