‘Westworld’ is introducing artificial intelligence concepts we’re already grappling with today

HBO Warning: There are spoilers ahead for “Westworld.” The INSIDER Summary: • Hosts in “Westworld” are spreading an idea of consciousness.• This idea of a “contagion” in artificial intelligence is nothing new. • We spoke to a robotics expert to learn more. The second episode of “Westworld” made a significant leap when it came to explaining “glitches” in the robotic hosts’ programming. One of the programming employees, Elsie, expressed concern to Bernard about Peter Abernathy (the host who went “crazy” in the premiere). Peter Abernathy began reciting threatening lines from his old narratives. HBO “Let me at least pull the hosts who had contact with him,” Elsie asks Bernard. “Like the daughter — Dolores. Because if this is not a dissonant episode, then whatever Abernathy had could be contagious. So to speak.” Elsie…


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