Ryan Calo (Washington): The Case for a Federal Robotics Commission. David J. Gunkel (NIU): Apocalypse Not, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Machine. What it will take for computers to be conscious: Christof Koch, the world’s best-known consciousness researcher, says machines could one day become self-aware. Samuel A. Alexander on a machine that knows its own code. Can a robot learn right from wrong? Attempts to imbue robots, self-driving cars and military machines with a sense of ethics reveal just how hard this is. Matthew Parris on how artificial intelligence is going to make us doubt the real thing. Is artificial intelligence a threat? Angela Chen wants to know. Stephen Hawking has warned that artificial intelligence “could outsmart us all” and is calling for humans to establish colonies on other planets to avoid ultimately a “near-certainty” of technological catastrophe. Fear artificial stupidity, not artificial intelligence: Stephen Hawking thinks computers may surpass human intelligence and take over the world — we won't ever be silicon slaves, insists an AI expert. Jaron Lanier on the myth of AI. Computers, they’re just like us: Plenty of companies are feeding data to computers in the hopes of replicating human behavior, but how close can machines truly get if all they have to work on is the information we offer? As robots grow smarter, American workers struggle to keep up. Can workplace robots get along with the humans they’re replacing? Why robots could be awesome whistleblowers: Workers don't want to be replaced by algorithms or machines — but when it comes to the risky act of exposing corporate wrongdoing, perhaps they could be our friends. Robots are our saviours, not the enemy: The alternative is a world in which wages fall and prices rise, writes Peter Thiel. We’re failing to prepare our kids for the impending robot takeover​ — here’s what we should teach them.

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