What Differs Us From Machines?

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Carlos Gershenson

National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) - Departamento de Ciencias de la Computación; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); ITMO University; National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) - C3 - Centro de Ciencias de la Complejidad

Date Written: December 14, 2019

Abstract

One of the most amazing things about reading R.U.R. a century after it was first published is noticing how many questions underlying the story are still current. It is worth noting that Čapek's robots are not mechanical, but living. In this sense, they are closer to artificial life than to artificial intelligence. One has to consider that the play was staged before the first electronic computers were built and before DNA was discovered (no mobile phones, no commercial aviation, no Internet). We still do not have agreed definitions of life nor intelligence, imagine how ambiguous these should have been a century ago.

Suggested Citation

Gershenson, Carlos, What Differs Us From Machines? (December 14, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3516946 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3516946

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