We have a "moral imperative" to accept the benefits of integrating robots into society, an expert told CNBC's "Power Lunch" Friday.
"Robotic cars, self-driving cars — the No. 1 thing they're going to do is save people's lives," said Oren Etzioni, CEO of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence. "People ... are dying on the road every day. Millions of accidents. We can change that. So we really have a moral imperative."
Robots drive down the cost of shipping for Amazon customers, could prevent deaths from car accidents and lighten the economic burden of providing health care to an aging population, Etzioni said. And by worrying about the worst-case scenario, we may be missing out on the best case, Etzioni said.