Staying human and humane as tech evolves

It is through comparison with robots that we will know what it is to be human, says Carnegie Mellon University’s Justine Cassell. As the world sees more advances in interactive technologies, artificial intelligence and automation, a key challenge for individuals will be to understand and retain their essential humanity. This is according to top scientists and thought leaders on society and law speaking at the closing panel session of the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. “All of us need to begin to understand and grapple with how we want to shape these technologies,” according to panellist Henry T Greely, the Deane F and Kate Edelman Johnson professor of law at Stanford University. “We are competing with artificial intelligence,” according to Amira Yahyaoui, founder and chair of citizens’…


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