May 30, 2016

The Smart Machines

Our experiment’s first topic is a rich broth of philosophy and technology: artificial intelligence.

What does it mean when a computer gets new skills, things that a computer has never done before?
What does it mean when a computer can do more and more complicated tasks, things previously thought to exist solely in the realm of humanity?
Are we going to a place where work is going to be obsolete, because The Robots will be doing it all?
Artificial intelligence is a deep, dark pool of questions about what it means to be human. By pointing at some of the news and opinions floating around, I hope to understand (a tiny bit more) how to start answering some of those questions.