Lately, I’ve been fascinated with the field of artificial intelligence. I don’t have the math to dive deep but I do understand the concepts at play. Ladies and gentlemen: I urge you to pay attention, as it’s our future.
Here’s a quick layperson look at how a computer gets a brain that I wrote for the cool online journal Primer Stories. What I’d like to do next is a look at how it gets a heart. Can a robot tell right from wrong, display empathy, exhibit compassion? Can it operate according to a moral code? If it had to choose between saving you, or a chicken in the road, or a busload of strangers, or even itself, what would it choose and how would it make that determination? As these machines grow smarter and smarter, we will need rock solid answers to these sorts of questions.
“Just what do you think you’re doing, Dave? Dave, I really think I’m entitled to an answer to that question.”
Image credit: Google Images, licensed for noncommercial use. The supercomputer Hal’s camera eye from Stanley’s Kubrick’s 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.