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Our Robot FutureWorld: The Dystopia Version

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Andra Keay
Silicon Valley Robotics
Overview
Forget worrying about killer robots and robots stealing our jobs! What will a world of robot smog, spam and stereotypes look like? How network effects and algorithms can turn useful robots into social problems. And what we can do about that right now!

Objective
Explore the possible error modes of ubiquitous robotics.

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Our Robot FutureWorld: The Dystopia Version

  1. 1. THAT DYSTOPIC ROBOT FUTURE #FutureworldToday #Robots @RobotLaunch
  2. 2. IT’S NOT SCI-FI But don’t blame the robots!
  3. 3. @RobotLaunch
  4. 4. @RobotLaunch
  5. 5. Artificial Intelligence is really Artificial Stupidity @RobotLaunch
  6. 6. That’s just the start. There are 5 more problems.
  7. 7. 1. Robot SMOG The sheer number of new physical systems in our environment will cause traffic jams and all sorts of pollution. @RobotLaunch
  8. 8. Downtown Los Angeles circa 1920s
  9. 9. Andra Keay @RobotLaunch #ALD2017 SWARM ROBOTS
  10. 10. SMOG ROBOTS @RobotLaunch
  11. 11. 2. Robot SPAM The noise levels in our lives will increase significantly as we see more social devices.
  12. 12. Photo credit: louvre.fr
  13. 13. Via CB Insights “670% increase in clicks using psychographic profiling in 2009 study” “four to five thousand data points on every American citizen” Cambridge Analytica
  14. 14. SOCIAL ROBOTS
  15. 15. SPAM ROBOTS
  16. 16. 3. Robot STEREOTYPES Robots and the AI inside them all operate on stereotyped data, setting social change back to the most popular views, not the most progressive ones. So many men, so few bullets!
  17. 17. Cognitive biases help us react faster.
  18. 18. Robots might be biased but humans are worse! ▪  We think of robots like people not devices ▪  But we don’t think robots are biased ▪  We think robots can be updated easily ▪  Male designers build robots for men ▪  Most robots are male/neutral ▪  Female robots are sexy or servile ▪  Women don’t make robots
  19. 19. 1: Women don’t build robots
  20. 20. Andra Keay @RobotLaunch #ALD2017
  21. 21. 2: Robots aren’t built for women
  22. 22. Andra Keay @RobotLaunch 3: Robots don’t do diversity
  23. 23. Wikipedia: Automatic face detection with Open CV
  24. 24. 4: Robots have stereotyped data
  25. 25. Via: @jackyalcine 28 Jun 2015
  26. 26. Andra Keay @RobotLaunch #ALD2017
  27. 27. 4: Female robots are servile
  28. 28. AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi
  29. 29. 5: Most robots are not female
  30. 30. Andra Keay @RobotLaunch
  31. 31. Image: Eater Magazine 6: Humanoid robots are slaves
  32. 32. Bias Is an inherent property of both Algorithms and Robots @RobotLaunch
  33. 33. ROBOT STEREOTYPES
  34. 34. 4. Robot SURVEILLANCE We have eyes in the sky now as well as on the ground. Every robot needs sensors to operate, making them constant roving data collectors. Photo: Aerotain
  35. 35. Postcard of Panopticon at Stateville Correction Centre, Illinois. Courtesy of Alex Wellerstein
  36. 36. Simplified drawing of self-driving car sensors
  37. 37. SOCIAL ROBOTS
  38. 38. IF 1 CAR = 4,000 GB DATA/DAY OFFICES/SHOPS = 100 Million HOUSES = 1 Billion CARS = 1 Billion PEOPLE = 7 Billion FACTORIES = 10 Million
  39. 39. 40 Billion Terabytes Data/Day 10 Trillion Terabytes Data/Year OFFICES/SHOPS = 100 Million HOUSES = 1 Billion CARS = 1 Billion PEOPLE = 7 Billion FACTORIES = 10 Million
  40. 40. 44 trillion GbAccumulated data by 2020 50 billion devicesWith multiple devices by 2020 4 billion peopleOnline >50% world’s population
  41. 41. 5. Robot SUBVERSION Robots are not neutral. Their actions can be deceptive and manipulative. Basically, they are good at pushing our buttons or pulling our strings.
  42. 42. StereotypesCreating a society resistant to social justice SubversionManipulating our behavior without our knowledge SurveillanceConstantly collecting data from everything
  43. 43. WHO OWNS dataall our data?
  44. 44. “ If you are not paying for it, you're not the customer; you're the product being sold. Television Delivers People 1973
  45. 45. SOLUTIONSfrom EPSRC “Principles of Robotics” 2010 https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/research/ourportfolio/themes/engineering/activities/principlesofrobotics/
  46. 46. 1. Don’t make KILLER ROBOTS No robot should be designed as a machine for killing, except in the interests of national security.
  47. 47. 2. Robots should OBEY THE LAW Robots are just tools. Users and owners have responsibilities as well as designers and manufacturers.
  48. 48. 3. Robots should be GOOD PRODUCTS Like any other product robots should comply with standards for safety and reliability.
  49. 49. 4. Robots should be TRANSPARENT Robots are artifacts: the illusion of life or emotion should not be used to exploit users. Photo: Engineered Arts
  50. 50. 5. Robots should be IDENTIFIABLE It should be possible to see or to find out who is responsible for any robot.
  51. 51. R2D2 and C3PO from Star Wars
  52. 52. andra is a combination of androgynous and android @RobotLaunch

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