Economists don’t think so, but futurists do. While there have been plenty of fears in the past that automation would do away with too many jobs and not replace them, futurists argue that this time it will really happen. Why do economists not agree? Here’s a video from VOX. Published in November of last year,… Continue reading Will robots end the need for human work? Economists don’t think so.
This Sunday Ann Cockrell will lead us in a discussion of the impact that automation is having on our economy and perhaps in our lives more generally. You can find some resources on this topic at the Articles and Blogs page. I hope you will join us for a stimulating discussion. There are many different… Continue reading The Impact of Automation: Sunday, February 18
I would like to thank Bob Winstead for a great job leading our discussion of Asimov’s three laws of robotics and the complications with trying to implement them in the real world.
You can find several resources on this topic on the web, but I’ll include only one here. If you would like something to read to follow up on this morning’s discussion, you can try this for starters.
In his 1942 short story “Runaround” (also included in the collection I, Robot eight years later), Isaac Asimov introduced his three laws of robotics, although he had foreshadowed them in a few earlier stories. Here are the three laws: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to… Continue reading Sunday, February 11, 2018 Bob Winstead
I have added a new section, Automation, Robotics, and Education, to the Articles and Blogs page. The new section currently contains six articles related to the adoption of robotics and artificial intelligence in the classroom. I hope you find these resources useful.
Many are sounding the alarm about a technology whose necessary components are already available and that could be used in terrifying ways at very little expense. The following video was produced to promote discussion on this issue. It contains upsetting violent imagery, so viewer discretion is advised. Stuart Russell, Anthony Aguirre, Ariel Conn and Max… Continue reading Autonomous Weapons?
In this video from Coldfustion TV, we see an example of self-awareness in a robot. Does this mean consciousness? If it does mean consciousness, is that the same thing as human consciousness, or is there still a difference?
Leave a comment to let us know what you think.
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