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Spielberg's AI: Another Cuddly No-Brainer

Harnad, Stevan (2003) Spielberg's AI: Another Cuddly No-Brainer

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AI is about a "robot" boy who is "programmed" to love his adoptive human mother but is discriminated against because he is just a robot. There would have been ways to make this film less of a no-brainer. The ambiguity could have been about something much deeper than metal: It could have been about whether other systems really do feel, or just act as if they feel, and how we could possibly know that, or tell the difference, and what difference that difference could really make -- but that film would have had to be called "TT" (for Turing Test) rather than "AI" or "ET," and it would have had to show (while keeping in touch with our "cuddly" feelings) how we are exactly in the same boat when we ask this question about one another as when we ask it about "robots."

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Published date: 2003
Additional Information: Review of Spielberg's film, AI.
Keywords: consciousness, robotics, mind/body problem, other minds problem, turing test, symbol grounding, feeling
Organisations: Web & Internet Science

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Local EPrints ID: 263268
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/263268
PURE UUID: 89dcf575-5015-4d8f-8e5c-0cfe7f76c7b2

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Date deposited: 22 Dec 2006
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 07:47

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Author: Stevan Harnad

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