The ancient Romans had an expression warning of the dangers of deceptive marketing ─ caveat emptor ─ let the buyer beware. But now thanks to a new kind of fraud, we’ll have to tweak that expression for the Internet.
It looks like people who got their jobs from outsourcing are now losing them to robots. Some fear a recent incident points to the day when teachers, social workers and cops could be replaced by artificial intelligence programs.
Jill used colloquialisms such as “Yep!” and “We’d love to.” She sure fooled online students at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Jill was just as human as “Star Trek’s” Data, which is to say not human at all.
Southern Evangelical Seminary, near Charlotte, North Carolina, hopes the device will help students and faculty explore ethical issues related to bionics, human enhancement, transhumanism and nanotechnology. The 23-inch robot can recognize voices and faces, and translate from text into seven languages. Southern Evangelical is the first seminary to use such a robot. MIT, Carnegie Mellon and Tokyo University are also experimenting with similar devices. Unlike the seminary, those schools are not pursuing any application in Biblical apologetics.