by Kris Dobie | Published on 27 May 2019 for The Ethics Institute monthly newsletter
Recently, at The Ethics Institute’s 9th Annual Conference, Prof Christof Heyns gave an insightful presentation on ‘Programming ethical conduct in robots’. More specifically (and provocatively), ‘killer’ robots. Prof Heyns, in his role as Special Rapporteur for the United Nations, has done a great deal of work exploring the ethical dimensions of such technology, and it made for a fascinating and surprising subject. Most surprising was my realisation that our vulnerability is perhaps our best hope.