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The challenge ahead

In a special series celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Church of Scotland’s SRT, the Rev Dr Alistair Donald considers Artifical Intelligence.

”Any technology from the simple knife to advanced nuclear energy can be used by humans for both good and malign purposes.

IN the 2015 film Ex Machina, a robot with a young woman’s face appears for most of the time to be a victim of the humans in the story. But towards the end of the film there is a twist, when (plot spoiler!) we see that all along the robot has been manipulating the humans. Popular culture has long been fascinated by such themes. Isaac Asimov’s 1950 Sci-Fi novel I, Robot, the Blade Runner films and the Commander Data character in Star Trek are as thought-provoking as they are entertaining.

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