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Category: Artificial Life

The Problem with Embodied AI: Towards a Posthuman Turing Test (Ex Machina Screening)

At the core of the plot of Ex Machina sits what is essentially a modified Turing test. Caleb, a young…

AI, Now or future? Living or Nonliving?

AI, Now or future? Living or Nonliving? A phone can now unlock your phone only if your eyes are open….

Samuel Butler, Overthrow, and Coevolution

Less than four years after Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species, Samuel Butler wrote a short article in…

Butler and Darwin

Darwin Among the Machines is an essay published in New Zealand in 1863, just four year after the Origin of…

The Ethics of Humanity’s Relationship to Technology

In this week’s blog post, I want to tackle the relationship between humans and technology from an ethical standpoint. This…

Google Translating the Turing Test

Given the past limitation of chat bots and other translation, one might easily come to the conclusion that such programs have…

Can AI have emotions?

In Alan Turing’s essay, two replies argue against the learning possibility of AI, respectively from perspectives of several disabilities and…

Analyzing the Treatment of Strong-AI in “Ex Machina”

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Roy: A simulated life

In the week#2 readings we read about the machines of the 1800’s that attempted to simulate life by replicating what…

Biohybrids

Hello! My name is Nick Sanchez, and I am a senior in IMA. I find digital fabrication fascinating. Considering the…

Philosophy of Technology at NYU Shanghai, a course by Anna Greenspan and Brad Weslake.