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Teach Robots Human Value 'So They Don't Kill Us'
Robots should be taught the value of human life so they don't "kill us out of kindness", a top futurist has said.
Speaking at a conference in Sweden, Nell Watson said that soon microchips could have the same level of cognition as a bumblebee - allowing it to navigate social structures and the environment.
Ms Watson, who is also an engineer and chief executive of a body-scanning firm, said: "Machines are going to be aware of the environments around them and, to a small extent, they're going to be aware of themselves.
"It's going to create a huge change in our society all around the world."
But she warned that as machines and robots become more intelligent, we will have less control over how they act.
"I can't help but look at these trends and imagine how then shall we live?
"When we start to see super-intelligent artificial intelligence, are they going to be friendly or unfriendly?"
She said the only solution was to teach robots human values, so that they do not end up killing us.
"The most important work of our lifetime is to ensure that machines are capable of understanding human value.
"It is those values that will ensure machines don't end up killing us out of kindness."