Moral Machines

Integrity 20’16 |
Length 0:56:31
Filmed 25 Oct 2016
Venue Conservatorium Theatre
Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University
South Bank, Brisbane

Intelligent and autonomous systems are increasingly enhancing and redefining our lives.
The applications for these technologies are vast and breathtaking, from self-driving cars
and the use of ‘drones’ in disaster and humanitarian efforts to intelligent algorithms as
‘weapons’ against terrorism.

But the rapid development of ever-more-intelligent machines is as controversial as it is
exhilarating. The greater the autonomy, the more moral behaviours required, and the more
complex the ethical challenges raised.

So what does the future hold? Is it correct to fear an impending “intelligence explosion”,
one that, in the words of tech giants Bill Gates and Elon Musk, is “humanity’s biggest
existential threat” and has the potential to “destroy us all”?