The Sloan Review at MIT reported that “Before COVID-19, most people had some degree of apprehension about robots and artificial intelligence…Those worries appear to have been set aside since the onset of the pandemic as AI-infused technologies have been employed to mitigate the spread of the virus.” The May 12, 2020 article entitled “AI, Robots, and Ethics in the Age of COVID-19” included these comments:
No doubt, more of us are overlooking our former uneasiness about robots and AI when the technology's perceived value outweighs its anticipated downsides.
But there are dangers to this newfound embrace of AI and robots.
With robots replacing more and more job functions in order to allow humans to coexist as we grasp for some semblance of normalcy, it's important to consider what's next.
What will happen when humans want their former jobs back?
And what will we do if tracking for safety's sake becomes too invasive or seems too creepy yet is already an entrenched practice?
What do you think about AI and Robots?
Originally published Foley & Lardner, May 2020
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