Why robots will not take over the world (just a hunch)

I demur at their being called smart. Surely stupid, able and willing is more apt? ©FT Montage/Shadow Robot Company There is a tech experiment that I long to do. It is to set up fake online personas for a Hitler-worshipper and a Stalin fan, then wait to see what merchandise the likes of Facebook and Amazon’s robotic helpers serve up for their delight. I actually quite appreciate web companies’ suggestions, based on my browsing history, for stuff I might like. It is like having a friendly idiot savant scanning the horizon, with a slightly too binary version of my preferences, but nonetheless often hitting the spot. More On this topic Talking Tech I am interested in how these robots work, although I demur at their being called smart. Surely stupid,…


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