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Robots, Replicants, and Surrogates

Robots, Replicants, and Surrogates
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Copyright: 2021
Pages: 28
Source title: Understanding the Role of Artificial Intelligence and Its Future Social Impact
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Salim Sheikh (Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4607-9.ch004


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The human brain is an extraordinary machine. Its ability to process information and adapt to circumstances by reprogramming itself is unparalleled, and it remains the best source of inspiration for recent developments in artificial intelligence. This has given rise to machine learning, intelligent systems, and robotics. Robots and AI might right now still seem the reserve of blockbuster science fiction movies and documentaries, but it's no doubt the world is changing. This chapter explores the origins, attitudes, and perceptions of robotics and the multiple types of robots that exist today. Perhaps most importantly, it focuses on ethical and societal concerns over the question: Are we heading for a brave new world or a science fiction horror-show where AI and robots displace or, perhaps more worryingly, replace humans?

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