A Robot Goes to College

Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed, Dec 21, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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Not only did the robot pass the course, it identified 31 forms of love. That's pretty interesting, but I thinlk it's weird that a course in the Philosophy of Love included " a class debate about the use of nonlethal versus lethal weapons (an extension of a discussion about love and conflict) with students from an ethics course at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point." Maybe it's just me, but it feels like everything is being militarized. "At the end of the course, Bina48 received a certificate of participation signed by the provost, and is due to be enrolled as a guest student in Barry’s Robot Ethics class next semester." Maybe that course will include a unit on tank warfare.

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