Monday, September 07, 2015


"Why humanity is essential to the future of artificial intelligence" PBS NewsHour 9/4/2015


SUMMARY:  As we advance toward increasingly sophisticated forms of artificial intelligence, John Markoff, author of “Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots,” joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss our anxiety about autonomous technology and the human ethics that go into that invention.

JEFFREY BROWN (NewsHour):  Is it man against or with machine?  Do machines, robots help us, replace us, hurt us?

Robots are being built and seeping into more and more of our lives, but how much are their value and impact understood and accounted for?

Such questions are part of a new book that looks at the last decades and the advance of artificial intelligence and robotics.  It’s titled “Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots.”

Author John Markoff is a longtime science and technology reporter for The New York Times.

And welcome to you.

JOHN MARKOFF, Author, “Machines of Loving Grace “:  Thank you.

JEFFREY BROWN:  “Machines of Loving Grace,” it sounds great, wonderful, right?  A little bit of religion, a little bit of human love, but it’s more complicated.

JOHN MARKOFF:  Yes.  Well, yes, and I might have put a question mark after it.


JOHN MARKOFF:  Because I think we can go down both paths.  And we probably will go down both paths.

My point is, it’s a human choice at this point.  These machines are not evolving by themselves.  There are human designers.

JEFFREY BROWN:  You’re making a distinction.  You’re coming at this as a reporter and you’re making a distinction between machines that are replacing humans and those that are sort of helping us.


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