‘The Robots are Coming!’: Perennial problems with technological progress

ATKINSON, Paul (2017). ‘The Robots are Coming!’: Perennial problems with technological progress. The Design Journal, 20 (Sup 1), S4120-S4131.

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A proliferation of recent media coverage has addressed the latest advances in artificial intelligence. While expressing admiration for its potential, these publications have worried about the negative impact AI could have on the social order. These sentiments are not new. Similar headlines have accompanied articles about computers ever since the first ‘Mechanical Brains’ appeared. However, archives reveal that experiments in AI have been undertaken for many years, and yet progress has been fairly limited. Yet, no matter how far away true AI might be, concerns about the consequences of technology remain valid. What is it about our relationship with technology that scares us? We appear to be convinced that the technologies we develop will turn out to destroy us. The paper proposes that fundamental changes need to be made in the discourse of technological progress in order for it to be accepted as more of an opportunity than a threat.

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Additional Information: ** From Crossref via Jisc Publications Router. Proceedings have been published as a supplement of The Design Journal published digitally by Taylor & Francis : Design for Next: Proceedings of the 12th European Academy of Design Conference, Sapienza University of Rome, 12-14 April 2017, edited by Loredana Di Lucchio, Lorenzo Imbesi, Paul Atkinson, ISBN 978-1-138-09023-1
Uncontrolled Keywords: Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous), Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Art and Design Research Centre
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/14606925.2017.1352868
Page Range: S4120-S4131
SWORD Depositor: Jill Hazard
Depositing User: Jill Hazard
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2017 14:58
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 06:01
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/16692

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