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Robots must behave better, say scientists

Reboot: Robots learn how to make choices from humans.

Do we need new rules for robots? They could make our lives a lot easier by doing tasks for us. But some robots are also copying bad things they learn from humans.  What’s happening? The robot had a choice to make. There were two people in the hospital. Both were very sick. But doctors could only help one of them. Which one should it be?  There was only one differenceNot the same. between the two ill people. One was White. The other was Black. The robot chose to help the White person.  Find out more This could be a problem in the future. Today, scientists are making more and more robots to help us out.  Some robots have the power to make big choices. And they may not always be making them fairly.  Robots learn how to make choices from humans. And humans are not always fairIf you are fair you treat everyone the same. and kind. This means that some robots are learning bad and wrong habitsSomething you do regularly without thinking about it. Habits are hard to change. from humans.  Do we need new rules for robots? Some say Yes! We should make new rules so that no one is treated unfairly by a robot.  Others think No! In the future, robots could change our lives for the better. We should not make any rules for them. KeywordsDifference - Not the same.

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