Future Tense Newsletter: Responsible Robots, Mechanical Doping, and Educational Technology

By Jacob Brogan Greetings, Future Tensers, Who’s responsible if a robot murders its owner? That’s the central question posed by “Mika Model,” a new short story by Paolo Bacigalupi that we’re excited to have published for our new Future Tense Fiction project, a joint effort with Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination. Also part of our Futurography unit on killer artificial intelligence, Bacigalupi’s story begins when an advanced sex robot turns itself over to the police for decapitating its owner. From there, a complex set of issues emerge that suggest the real danger of A.I. may not be what they’ll do to us but the ways we’ll relate to them. Advertisement Ryan Calo, an expert in robotics law, begins to unpack some of those questions in an…


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