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February 26th, 2010

Sci-fi meets society

Abstract:
While advances in genetic engineering, nanotechnology and robotics have brought improvements in fields from construction to healthcare, industry players have warned of the future implications of increasingly "intelligent" machines.

Professor Tshilidzi Marwala, executive dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, at the University of Johannesburg, says ethics have to be considered in developing machine intelligence. "When you have autonomous machines that can evolve independent of their creators, who is responsible for their actions?"

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