Robotics’ future not the stuff of pulp sci-fi

The AI debate is splitting into two camps Listeners of last week’s TechRadio will know about the current celebrations surrounding the 200th anniversary of George Boole. One of UCC’s impressive series of commemorative events saw Dr Ken Ford of the Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC) deliver a talk last Friday on the state of the art in robotics and artificial intelligence that offered an important counterpoint to the current debates in defining what AI is and the chances of it surpassing human achievement. It’s a topic as old as the stage play Rossum’s Universal Robots and still explored in films like the excellent Ex Machina. In one corner we have the harbingers of doom in Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk. In the other we have…

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