Mind of the Universe - Robots in Society: Blessing or Curse?

Learn about the societal impact of artificially intelligent robots andwhat you can do about it.

Mind of the Universe - Robots in Society: Blessing or Curse?

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About this course

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Combining artificial intelligence with robotics may offer positive implications for our society and our well-being. However, it also raises a lot of ethical questions.
In this course we will discuss questions and dilemmas such as:

  • will artificially intelligent robots take away our jobs?
  • will they have their own free will and - as some prophesy - have the power to take over the world?
  • should we program robots to detect and respond to human emotions, and if so how?
  • under what conditions can we use robots for military purposes?

We will also touch upon the design principles that developers should adhere to, and critically reflect on issues such as robot autonomy, consciousness and intelligence.

This course will provide you with plenty of learning resources on this important topic including interviews with top experts in this field.

This course is a spin-off of the "Mind of the Universe" documentary series, created by the Dutch broadcasting company VPRO and professor Robbert Dijkgraaf, Princeton University. A number of universities in The Netherlands have used the open source material of the documentary series as a starting point to create similar learning experiences.

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  • Language: English

What you'll learn

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  • Identify the ethical questions about artificially intelligent robots.
  • Identify the various areas where concern is in place.
  • Reflect critically upon developments with regard to Artificially intelligent robots and the impact it has on society.
  • Express a nuanced point of view towards the issue of Artificially intelligent robots in society.
  1. What’s on your mind? Short introduction to the topic and becoming aware of your ideas on the topic
  2. Open up your mind: start listening to experts and read about the topic
  3. Connect your mind: Discuss your ideas with others
  4. Make up your mind: Come up with a great solution

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The course materials of this course are Copyright Delft University of Technology and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC-BY-NC-SA) 4.0 International License.

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