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The study of consciousness is one of the most intimate and complex tasks in science. Meanwhile, philosophers have been considering consciousness for millennia with hardly a revelation. Perhaps the only greater scientific endeavor than understanding consciousness is the task of creating consciousness – a project much younger, but with increased relevance today as artificial intelligence becomes reality.
One of the world's oldest and most prestigious universities is offering a new study focus that sheds light on its progressive approach to academia. With a grant from the non-profit foundation, the Leverhulme Trust, academics at England’s Cambridge University will be able to study artificial intelligence ethics over the next ten years.
"Design fiction," as defined by MIT Media Lab, is "sparking imagination and discussion about the social, cultural, and ethical implications of new technologies through design and storytelling." Storytelling, more specifically science fiction (and even popular nonfiction science) seems to be a natural gateway to this relatively new concept. A series of recent email interviews with science fiction writers inspired us to think more about the avenue of storytelling as an influence in shaping technology and human history in the making.
Machines like IBM’s Deep Blue and Watson are already capable of beating chess champs and Jeopardy! champs respectively, and prove that strategy and trivia are easily conquered by a machine. But this knowledge doesn’t necessarily transfer over into everyday use.
"Machine learning" is a term that's heard more often in startup and big data circles than "artificial intelligence", and interestingly enough, Google Trends confirms what's already heard through the technological grapevine: