Mitigating Potential Hazards to Humans from the Development of Intelligent Machines

William Daley

Synesis: A Journal of Science, Technology, Ethics, and Policy 2011; 2:G44-50

Artificially intelligent machines and robots grow ever more present and capable. The evolution of intelligent machines may have consequences that are difficult to limit or stop. It is important to examine possible problems now in order to set standards and safeguards to guide the intelligent machine evolution. I suggest that national and international government panels on artificial intelligence issues, similar to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, will be necessary to direct the formulation of guidelines that establish such standards for the creation and uses of artificially intelligent machines.


Key words: intelligent machine shutoff, robot hazards, roboethics, artificial intelligence, public policy