Artificial Intelligence

by Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights 

It was, of course, a publicity stunt. And it was a good one: Within days, media outlets across the world posted the announcement that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, during an economic conference in Riyadh, had declared Sophia—a humanoid robot created by Hanson Robotics and loaded with impressive AI—a citizen of their country.

Dr. Moran Cerf uses methods drawn from neuroscience to understand the foundations of our psychology, behavior, emotions, and decision making strategies. He studies patients undergoing brain-surgery by recording the activity of individual nerve cells using electrodes implanted in the patient's brain. He’s been able to project patients' thoughts onto a screen by reading the activity of cells within their brain.

Robots and droids have featured in hundreds of SciFi stories. The word "robot" itself comes from a 1920 work of fiction. Here's a list of our favorite AI characters.  

At what point does a machine seem alive - or even like a “person?”

David Eagleman explains why the complexity of the human brain means that an AI system that’s actually like a human is a lifetime away. 

Nearly 100 years ago, a Czech science fiction play called R.U.R (in which robots overtake humans) first suggested the threat of an artificial intelligence (AI) takeover. Now that AI technologies control everything from phones to cars, the fear of a coup is more pertinent than ever. But whether you’re concerned about a robot rebellion or simply want to monitor the evolution of AI, there is one common question: How can you actually tell if a machine has developed a human-like level of awareness?

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