Developments in artificial intelligence challenge what it means to be human

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The fourth revolution — the information revolution — is here.Think the self-driving car, robots that have mastered legged locomotion, and machines that recognize faces, respond to speech, translate between languages and even answer questions.It’s all part of the rapidly emerging fields of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Engineers and scientists are engaged in increasingly well-funded research into ever more complex machines that can “think” on their own and accomplish tasks once believed only possible by humans.Humankind has encountered previous revolutions that have changed its thinking about its place in the universe: Copernicus’ heliocentric model of the solar system, Darwin’s theory of evolution, and Sigmund Freud’s research into the human psyche. Each had serious implications in their time.The information revolution, however, also poses moral and ethical questions that…


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