An Aerialist, Two Clowns, and a Robot Walk Into a Carnival …

By Lance Gharavi

In his 1984 film The Terminator and its sequels, James Cameron imagines a dystopic future in which armies of intelligent robots move with startling suddenness from positions of servility to utter and violent dominance, destroying civilization and driving humankind to the brink of extinction.

This, of course, is pure science fiction. There’s little reason to believe things will unfold that way. First, they would take all our jobs and wreck our economy.

This is the nightmare narrative of our future with robots and artificial intelligence. The utopian version of this tale—one accepted by many powerful people in industry and government—involves a …read more

Source: http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/03/25/emerge_2014_an_aerialist_two_clowns_and_a_robot_walk_into_a_carnival.html

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