January 12, 2017 | Amy, Exhibition Developer, Science Museum

Members of the European parliament will vote on rules for human interaction with artificial intelligence (AI) and robots.

Parts of these rules are based on science fiction from the 1940s - Isaac Asimov's famous 'three laws of robotics' are a framework for the safe operation of robots in society.

The rules even consider the idea that AI could become more intelligent than us in the future and pose a threat to humanity.

I'm really glad that we're thinking about this before any problems arise.

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