Sentient artificial intelligence has been an ongoing preoccupation in science fiction movies, TV shows, books and other media. It’s not limited to science fiction, it’s slowly making its way into popular culture as seen with Marvel’s Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, a film focused on a sentient artificial intelligence (Ultron, voiced by James Spader) becoming cognisant of the needlessness of the human race. The same can be seen with I, Robot and Ex Machina, and is explored in Humans and Almost Human.
George Dvorsky has listed a number of myths about artificial intelligence in the wake of AlphaGo winning two out of three games in the Go tournament against grandmaster Lee Sedol. So it seems like AI is becoming a closer and closer reality but continues to be depicted as something that will replace humanity rather than work with us.
For my project, I’d like to play with this idea and test how people feel about AI walking among us by developing a simple game of deception. The concept of the Turing Test, a test designed to determine if AI is indistinguishable from humanity, underlies this idea.
Things to research from here:
- Origins of artificial intelligence (definition would be good)
- R.U.R (Rossum)
- Golem, automaton, ?
- Gendered Robots
- Why are people pursuing this?
- At what point does a human become a robot from cybernetics?
- With sentience would artificial intelligence be a replacement/challenger or an aid?
- Charles Babbage – calculating engine – hand-cranked computational
Other related texts:
- Skinners trilogy – brain scans are taken from a terminal car crash victim and imprinted on a cyborg
- Mr Robot
- Bicentennial Man
- Ghost in the Shell
- Terminator franchise