One side effect of talking about the risk of killer robots so much is that everyone is now rushing to assure us exactly how they would prevent this.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is the latest to reassure us, in an extremely vague way.
Earlier this month, Google engineers published a paper outlining five principles of safety.
Their principles were things like “avoid negative side effects” which, while not earth-shaking, at least were fairly concrete and illustrated with examples from a cleaning robot.
Nadella’s, as outlined in Slate, are filled with jargon.
must be designed to assist humanity”: Glad we’re clear on this one I was unsure for a little bit there.