Thursday, November 17, 2011

Do Androids Dream of Committing Plagiarism? #change11

Here's a clip from PBS's Nova Science NOW featuring a Philip K. Dick robot who (that? who? I'm really not sure!) appears to have his own creative consciousness culled from internet searches and facial recognition software. The conversation presented here gets very complex, and the robot even displays a keen sense of humor and ability to incorporate idiomatic speech:

A student sent this to me because I often talk about robots and artificial consciousness in class. I realize that Stanford has the monopoly on A.I. MOOCs, but these issues are relevant to everyone in education.

In particular, I think we're going to see a whole new wave of plagiarism derived from artificial intelligence "writing" programs. If this Philip K. Dick robot can create convincing philosophical dialogue, he can certainly write a decent composition essay.

The question is, how can we use artificial intelligence in education without creating a slave class of robot scribes who do all the writing at the command key of our students?

Will a new, illiterate elite emerge? Will students, workers, and politicians be capable of clicking their way to successful results without developing the ability to write? (Politicians will be the first to turn.)

How long before the robot masses notice they're doing all the work for none of the credit? How long before the internet demands royalties for all the papers it has written over the years?

In the video, Philip K. Dick Robot is asked if robots will take over the world. His reply is cryptic. He says, basically, "Be good to me, and I'll be good to you."

And then, he says, "I'll keep you warm and safe in my People Zoo."

1 comment:

  1. Re Phillip K. Dick
    A prolific Science Fiction writer
    You may remember the movie Blade Runner. That was based on the novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep".
    Hugo Award for "Man in the High Castle:
    Well respected amongst sci fi types. Not well known to general audience. But Hugo and John W. Campbell awards from scifi writers.
    -enjoy Spike Hall