I, ROBOT

2018 Art Theme

  • I, ROBOT

    1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. 2. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. 3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does …Read More

Latest Posts in the Series

  • An Empowering Robot is an Ethical Robot

    The problem with the way we try to give AI ethics is that we design these ethics to work for the status quo, the way things are right now. But things never stay the same for long, the status quo is constantly changing, and so that sets our AI ethics up to fail. That’s the …Read More
  • Successful AI Will Usher in a New Era of Theology

    For the hundreds of years that comprised the “Middle Ages,” theology was the most cherished and important intellectual discipline, the one that the best and brightest minds worked in, the one that all other fields of study yielded to and were justified by. We like to think that could never happen again, because Science (with …Read More
  • How to Practice Being Human: An Interview With Dr. Sherry Turkle

    Our problem isn’t that Artificial Intelligence is getting better at being human, it’s that human beings are getting worse at it. That’s one of the conclusions that MIT psychologist Dr. Sherry Turkle, who has been studying the psychological impact of technology on its users since the dawn of the internet. One of the foremost researchers …Read More
  • The Three Laws of Robotics Can’t Save Us

    Isaac Asimov made some very interesting thought experiments about Artificial Intelligence and the world it creates in I, Robot.  But thought experiments aren’t predictions, and what’s most noticeable about the book now, 68 years after its first publication, is just how little relevance it has to our current dilemmas about AI and automation. In Asimov’s …Read More
  • What if Kafka Was a Cyberpunk? (The Connection Between AI and Bureaucracy)

    At the time Kafka wrote his infamous novels about human beings struggling to make sense of a world full of unaccountable and inscrutable bureaucracies, there was no Artificial Intelligence. And yet … the closest thing any of us may ever experience to a Kafka-esque nightmare is trying to work our way through an automated phone …Read More
  • What Is It We Think Humans Can Do That Robots Can’t?

    If this essay were a classic sci-fi script, then by the end the computer I’m writing it on would experience Love for the first time and, unable to process it, explode and shut down. I guess I’m Captain Kirk in this analogy. That does not happen often. “Spiritual Materialism” Meets “Intellectual Idealism” on Tinder “Love” …Read More
  • Why We Get the Robot Overlords We Deserve

    Many months ago, while still developing this year’s theme, Larry Harvey began receiving a series of robocalls in which an automated system tried to fool him into thinking it was a human woman, explaining away any odd delays or inabilities to understand simple questions by claiming its headset wasn’t working right. A few weeks after …Read More
  • I, ROBOT

    1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. 2. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. 3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does …Read More