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The robotic paradox

John M. Jordan

Originally posted on April 21, 2014

Given the recent acceleration in the capabilities of robots -- especially given DARPA research and Google's investments in this field -- it's time to talk seriously about the place of robots in health care, warfare, work, and social interaction. The paradox derives from the role of science fiction in public conceptions of robots: given the work of Isaac Asimov, George Lucas, and others, everyone knows what a (fictional) robot looks like even as engineers and scientists cannot agree on core definitions. Thus it's time to be more conscious of our mental models in this emerging field that will be so important in the coming decades.
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