I love you. I will kill you! I want to make love to you: The evolution of AI in pop culture

Stephen Hawking is scared. “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race,” Hawking has said. With the creeping integration of soft AI into our lives in the form of Siri and personalized ads on social media, these computational mini-minds serve as a constant reminder that the evolution of Hard AI that can replicate human consciousness may be inevitable. But what form might it take? Popular culture is full of anthropomorphized robots and AIs, but most seem to be purely reflections of human motivations. It seems we would rather have AI with all our human foibles and even AI that would wipe us out to extinction rather than AI that sees us as irrelevant and ignores us. Consistently revisited in cinema, fiction, gaming, and anime…


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