John Markoff

1949 - present

Machines of Loving Grace

John Markoff is a journalist and senior writer for the New York Times. His recent book Machines of Loving Grace, describes the current tension in robotics between Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Intelligence Augmentation (IA). That is, should we be designing robots to replace humans (AI) or assist humans (IA) when it comes to tasks requiring decisions, advice and other cognitive functions.

The broader issue of robotics is a part of what I am calling electronic evolution. Electronic evolution is one of the four major pathways to the answers researched in the book. The other pathways are catastrophe, natural selection, and genetic engineering.

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