Man and Machine

John Markoff looks to a future where humanity and computers coexist in harmony. BENEVOLENT ROBOT OVERLORDS: As in the Richard Brautigan poem from which his book takes its name, author John Markoff looks to a future where humanity and computers coexist in harmony. From the perspective of John Markoff, much of today’s debate on the future of technology can be traced to one fundamental question: Should machines replace humans or should they work with humans? According to Markoff, this dichotomy originally underlined two opposing methodologies in the field of artificial intelligence. Today, this question drives all major technological advances in, and philosophical inquiries into, AI. In Markoff’s new book, Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots, he grapples with the ways in which researchers,…


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