First Thought Talk with Professor Noel Sharkey

Stephen Hawking has said, ‘…success in creating AI could be the biggest event in the history of our civilisation.’ But do humans have an ethical responsibility in light of the rise of artificial intelligence that will soon be commonplace in our world?

How can artificial intelligence be used for good instead of the evil that seems to pervade predictions about robots in our media?

Sarah McInerney of Newstalk radio sits down with Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Sheffield, Noel Sharkey in this First Thought Talk, titled 'Doctor, Who’s in Charge of the Robots?', which discusses the ethics of robotics and what the future may hold for artificial intelligence.

Professor Sharkey’s current research is focused on the ethics of robot applications. He is the principal spokesperson on the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, an international coalition that petitions governments to preemptively ban autonomous weapons.

Professor Sharkey is also Co-Director of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics and is also Head Judge of BBC’s Robot Wars.