AI, Frankenstein? Not so fast, experts say

Ask Apple’s Siri digital assistant if she’s evil, and she’ll respond curtly, “Not really.” Repeat a famous line from the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey,” in which a computer on a spaceship kills nearly all the human crew, and Siri groans. “Oh, not again.” And who can blame her? We humans have a morbid fascination with machines rising up to wipe us out or to enslave us as cocooned, flesh-and-blood battery packs. You can see that vision of the future streaming over Netflix whenever you want. Face it. For every lovable R2-D2 and C-3PO from the Star Wars universe, it’s the dark side that seems to resonate most: the Cylons, who nearly eradicate human civilization in “Battlestar Galactica,” or Skynet and its murderous robot warriors from the Terminator movies. That…

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