When should a robot say no to its human owner?

It’s more difficult to determine than you might think.

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Media Outlet: Slate

“I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid that I can’t do that,” intoned fictional supercomputer HAL, and the rest is (pop culture) history. In real life, researchers at Tuft’s Human-Robot Interaction Lab are enabling robots to refuse orders from humans. U.K. tabloid the Mirror captured the spirit of much of the popular reaction by calling it “terrifying” while another similar paper warned “uh oh!” Here at Slate, one writer captured the spirit of the popular reaction by dubbing it “adorable” but also a bit “dangerous.” Many of my friends reposted the news on their Facebook walls and mock-seriously asked “what could possibly go wrong?” or warned “it begins” or “soon.”

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Adam Elkus was a fellow in the Cybersecurity Initiative. He is a Ph.D. student in Computational Social Science at George Mason University, and currently serves as a Technology Research Analyst for Crucial Point, LLC and a columnist for War on the Rocks.