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The Machine and I

The Big Idea for Thursday, January 05, 2012

Today's featured articles focus on the uneasy relationship between man and machine, especially as we consider emerging developments in biotechnology and artificial intelligence. Some of the questions these issues raise: 

  • Will there be a Singularity event? 
  • To what extent, and when should we allow our lives to be governed by machines? 
  • How close are we to achieving real artificial intelligence?  


  1. 1 The Singularity and Its Discontents
    Jason Gots Re-Envision
  2. 2 IBM's Watson Computer Beats the Superstars of Jeopardy! But What Does it Mean?
    Michio Kaku Dr. Kaku's Universe
  3. 3 Singularity Is a Religion Just for Digital Geeks
    Jaron Lanier Devil's Advocate
  4. 4 The Singularity Is Near
    Ray Kurzweil

The Machine and I

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