Do Androids Dream of Animal Rights?

Earlier this month, a playful story in the Washington Post explored the question whether an artificial intelligence (AI) might someday run for President of the United States. Fans of dystopic science fiction like The Matrix and Terminator films or the television series Battlestar Galactica (the terrific mid-2000s reboot, not the horrid original) might have thought that they were alone in wondering about such matters, but apparently deep thinkers take seriously the risk that our future machines might rise up and kill us all. A recent New Yorker article noted that Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom worries that AI “might pose a danger that exceeds every previous threat from technology—even nuclear weapons—and that if its development is not managed carefully humanity risks engineering its own extinction.” That truly does sound serious and…

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