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View image | gettyimages.com Hearing about someone else’s dreams is among the more boring things in life, so I will get right to the point. At first, there were just bits and pieces intruding
View image | gettyimages.com Hearing about someone else’s dreams is among the more boring things in life, so I will get right to the point. At first, there were just bits and pieces intruding [More]

Robo Responsibility

View image | gettyimages.com It is just a matter of time before the first serious accident involving a driverless car or an autonomous commercial drone. As such, it is well worth considering
View image | gettyimages.com It is just a matter of time before the first serious accident involving a driverless car or an autonomous commercial drone. As such, it is well worth considering [More]

Avoiding the AI Apocalypse #1: Don’t Enslave the Robots

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/145061820 The elimination of humanity by artificial intelligence(s) is a rather old theme in science fiction. In some cases, we create killer machines that
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/145061820 The elimination of humanity by artificial intelligence(s) is a rather old theme in science fiction. In some cases, we create killer machines that [More]

The Myth Of AI

An entity rules the world. Maybe you can influence it, warns Jaron Lanier, but you’d better be in terrified awe of its power. Divinity? Or technology?…
An entity rules the world. Maybe you can influence it, warns Jaron Lanier, but you’d better be in terrified awe of its power. Divinity? Or technology?… [More]

Is Artificial Intelligence a Threat?

For more than 100,000 years, humanity has survived every natural disaster. Now the existential risk comes from our own creation: supersmart machines…
For more than 100,000 years, humanity has survived every natural disaster. Now the existential risk comes from our own creation: supersmart machines… [More]

Automation & Ethics

Hero of Alexandria (born around 10 AD) is credited with developing the first steam engine, the first vending machine and the first known wind powered machine (a wind powered musical organ). Given
Hero of Alexandria (born around 10 AD) is credited with developing the first steam engine, the first vending machine and the first known wind powered machine (a wind powered musical organ). Given [More]

Owning Intelligent Machines

While truly intelligent machines are still in the realm of science fiction, it is worth considering the ethics of owning them. After all, it seems likely that we will eventually develop such
While truly intelligent machines are still in the realm of science fiction, it is worth considering the ethics of owning them. After all, it seems likely that we will eventually develop such [More]

Sexbots are Persons, Too?

In my previous essays on sexbots I focused on versions that are clearly mere objects. If the sexbot is merely an object, then the morality of having sex with it is the same as having sex with any other object …Read more »
In my previous essays on sexbots I focused on versions that are clearly mere objects. If the sexbot is merely an object, then the morality of having sex with it is the same as having sex with any other object …Read more » [More]

A ‘New’ Theory of Consciousness?

Princeton neuroscientist Michael Graziano has a take on the problem of consciousness he thinks may shed some new light on this puzzle. He calls his approach, the “attention schema theory” and sums it up as the idea, “consciousness is a schematic model of one’s state of attention.”
Princeton neuroscientist Michael Graziano has a take on the problem of consciousness he thinks may shed some new light on this puzzle. He calls his approach, the “attention schema theory” and sums it up as the idea, “consciousness is a schematic model of one’s state of attention.” [More]