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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. They can make our lives easier in a lot of ways - they can do small tasks and remind us about things we can forget. But more robots are being given 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! It is a very bad thing that robots are learning how to treat people badly. We should make new rules so that no one is treated unfairly by a robot.  Others think No! Robots are very helpful. In the future, they could change our lives for the better. We should not make any rules for them. KeywordsDifference - Not the same.

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