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  • By Nicole and Jonathan

    Artificial Intelligence

  • What is Artificial Intelligence?

    The theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages (google search) (until 2:48) Weak AI (computers) Strong AI (machines that can replace humans)

  • Sci-Fi Connections: Dumb AI

    Similar to modern AI Lacks humanity Confined to a single purpose/programming Incorporeal, lacks an avatar or possess only a static image Almost always subservient to humanity Never rebels

  • Sci-Fi Connections: Smart AI

    Capable of higher thinking Emulate human emotions and morality to an

    extent Usually have a humanoid avatar Can learn and adapt to situations Capable of intellectual development

  • Artificial Intelligence: Where We Are Today

    Simple AI Can perform a set number of tasks that are defined in their programming Lacks humanity, cannot properly emulate human behavior and emotion Cannot determine if what it is doing is harmful to humans

    Roomba, a Simple AI

  • The Debate (the conspiracy side--0:56-2:05)

    Bill Gates: "First the machines will do a lot of jobs for us and not be super intelligent. That should be positive if we manage it well. A few decades after that though the intelligence is strong enough to be a concern

    Supporters Focus on developing intelligent systems that make people's lives easier

    Opposers Think that AI will be able to take over the world (until 0:58)

  • AI and the Future of Labor

    Many fear AI and robots will eliminate the need for humans in the job market

    Especially prevalent in manufacturing, where machines

    are a large focus and human error results in injury or


    Fear that this will be the first step towards robot/AI control of the planet

    Belief that increasingly specialized AI will undercut entry level jobs and knowledge based jobs from humans

    Above not necessarily true, however it is used today to increase outsourcing of unskilled jobs. Baxter

  • AI: An Existential Risk?

    Human minded robots or computer brained humans? Computationalism: Argues that a humans brain is a processing system akin to

    a computer, making thinking a form of computing. Some believe that AI is natural step forward and possess no risk, especially if

    modeled after a human brain. Fear of devaluation of humanity, that we will become too reliant on AI


    Joseph Weizenbaum: AI will always lack human qualities like compassion and wisdom

    There is a difference between deciding and choosing.

  • Hollywood Science Fiction Connections

    Movie called Artificial Intelligence


    Referring to the Hollywood film, Her, sci fi experts say technology will take on increasingly personal roles in people's daily lives, and will learn human habits and predict people's needs

  • Sci-Fi Connections: AI and the Future

    AI are often the cause for dystopian or utopian futures in sci-fi

    What do you think will occur? Some examples:

    Asimovs Multivac Utopian or Dystopian? The Influencing Machine

    Skynet (Terminator) Cortana (Halo) Bender (Futurama)

  • Current Progress

  • Discussion Questions

    Is there a difference between artificial intelligence and robots? What would our life be like without artificial intelligence? Is there any job that a smart AI shouldnt take (Limits)? If AI were to gain sentience how would humanity react? If a computer had real intelligence, should it be given the same rights and

    responsibilities as people? Would it be right to ever turn it off?

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