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Published on Apr 13, 2018
Killer robots, autonomous weapons, drones, self-driving cars. Threat or opportunity? Sietse explains by examples that there are still people behind the system. We control what they are able to do. Such robots have sensors and provide us with much data. Data to give advice and make decisions, that prevent human emotion and irrationality to be included such as in the system of the Dutch waterworks. But only when it is desirable and sensible. Do we want machines to make decisions about life and death? Think of self-driving cars, making decisions for us that might impact life and death instantly. Sietse argues that we have to be very considerate about what we want robots to be able to do, and when we think they are even better at it than humans. When they can help us to promote safety or prevent casualties, shouldn’t we be obliged to let them help us? Sietse Bruggeling is a filmmaker specialized in science and technology. Making complex subjects accessible through film is at the core of what Sietse’s films are all about. After working for Dutch television, he started his own company and among his clients are TNO, Fokker, Discovery Channel, but also the Van Abbe-museum, because abstract art can be difficult to understand as well. “The best thing about my work is that I am allowed to visit places that are usually closed for the public and talk to a variety of people and have to deal with that. You really have to understand the people and the situation they’re in otherwise you cannot translate it into a film”, according to Sietse. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx