A new, $1.75 million program has just been launched to discover if robots can turn evil on humans.
The study (funded by the U.K.'s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) is expected to take up to three and a half years to complete.
Researchers across the U.K. will examine how trustworthy robots are — and can be in the future.
As one researcher explains, "Working on this new research project with colleagues across the U.K. will enable us to tackle the crucial issue of developing robotic systems which can work safely with humans.
"This is a vital step in developing robots for a whole range of functions for the future, where they will be useful to humans."