Machines of Loving Grace: Terminator Anxiety, or Will the Robots Arrive Just in Time?

January 6, 2016

We have quickly moved from the Internet era to the AI era. Personal computers are beginning to grow legs and walk around in the world. Increasingly many of our interactions are with proxies rather than directly with other people. Science fiction notwithstanding, these systems are designed by humans, and they encompass the values of their designers. The question remains, will they be our slaves, masters or partners? John Markoff, senior writer for The New York Times, discusses the issues around artificial Intelligence.