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artificial intelligence

Apr 4, 2014 — In RoboCop, a character named Dreyfus is at odds with one named Dennett. In real life, Dennett is one of AIs great champions, and Dreyfus one of its most trenchant critics.
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Feb 10, 2014 — There are hurdles to overcome before we can form relationships with artificially intelligent beings.
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Nov 30, 2012 — Will machines over take us, as futurists and writers of science fiction like to think? Not to worry, says commentator Alva No. They already have. We are the singularity.
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Nov 14, 2012 — Human-machine integration looms on the horizon, with a promise to redefine who we are as people. Inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil is an apostle of the coming Singularity, a time when it is envisioned that technology will advance to the point that life is redefined as something other than what we know and experience today.
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Jun 13, 2012 — Ridley Scott's movie Prometheus makes us wonder about the benefits and risks of trying to artificially create life and intelligence in our labs. Could our creations destroy us?
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Apr 24, 2012 — Between the techno-utopia of AI singularities of and apocalyptic environmental collapse there just might exist the relative equilibrium of "hackstability."
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Jan 17, 2012 — Now we have taken another step into making our machine fantasies a reality. It is, literally, impossible to know how things will turn out. But we should at least be cognizant of the corners we turn.
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Jun 15, 2011 — I am officially overwhelmed by the future. First, I discovered bladeless fans. Next, I heard the Morning Edition story about the pulseless artificial heart. And now, two new Google features: "Search Out Loud" and "Search by Image."
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Feb 18, 2011 — The IBM Jeopardy challenge has been billed as Man v Machine. IBM has done a lovely job using this storyline to hype its stupendous technology. But in fact, that's never been the real story.
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Feb 15, 2011 — They say there are no new stories to tell. They are wrong. There is a drama being played out between humans and our machine creations whose final script is yet to be written.
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