$7.5m Grant for Moral Robots

It is confirmed, truth can be stranger than fiction. Am I the only one who is gobsmacked at this wanton waste of taxpayer’s money? I cannot remember ever being more amazed by a news item.

Daily Nous

Move over, 6 Million Dollar Man, and make room for the 7.5 Million Dollar Moral Robot. The Office of Naval Research is doling out $7.5 million in grants to researchers at Tufts, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Brown, Yale, and Georgetown “to explore how to build a sense of right and wrong and moral consequence into autonomous robotic systems.” 

UPDATE: A related article on the moral psychology of human-robot relations, in the context of military robots and driverless cars (via Cristin Chall).

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