Friday, May 20, 2011

Cloud Robotics vs. Safety

So, with Google also now pushing cloud robotics, it seems likely to get more and more attention. However, I want to see more discussion of safety on the matter.

I mean, didn't we already have a Will Smith movie implying safety risks for combining the internet with robots? Robot perception is linked with behavior, and if either perception or behavior can be downloaded at any moment, there had better be some serious safety mechanisms outside of any such easy cloud intelligence.

There really needs to be some underlying primitive coping level that enforces certain levels of safety, there needs to be serious levels of "don't dare touch this without top security clearance" baked in.

As long as we are talking toys, maybe it's not a big deal, but anything strong enough to do real work is strong enough to cause damage, and that needs secured.

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