- One of the theoretical advantages of software, artificial intelligence, algorithms, and robots is that they don’t suffer many human foibles.
- The reality, of course, is different.
- One of the problems is that, in many instances, the engineers who designed the superefficient code didn’t fully think through the impact on humans, the full possibilities of what humans could do with it, or of the capacity of their products to inflict harm or offense.
- With robots and machines becoming more integrated into the human experience, it is all the more urgent for engineers to become familiar with the works of John Donne, John Locke, and Jean-Paul Sartre.
- If we are going to empower machines, algorithms, and software to do more of the work that humans used to perform, we have to imbue them with some of the empathy and limitations that people have.
Robots are becoming chefs, and software is our new chauffeur, but their capacity for empathy leaves something to be desired.
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