Are We Alone – Humans Need Not Apply

by Gary Niederhoff on November 22, 2010

You are one-of-a-kind, unique, indispensible… oh, wait, never mind! It seems that computer over there can do what you do … faster and with greater accuracy.

Yes, it’s silicon vs. carbon as intelligent, interactive machines out-perform humans in tasks beyond data-crunching. We’re not only building our successors, we’re developing emotional relationships with them. Find out why humans are hard-wired to be attached to androids.

Also, the handful of areas where humans still rule… as pilots, doctors and journalists. Scratch that! Journalism is automated too – tune in for a news story written solely by a machine.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Clifford Nass on emotional relationships with machines.
Part 2: Chris Ford on digital actors.
Part 3: Kristian Hammond on digital journalists.
Part 4: Three professionals defend their craft.
Part 5: Tom Jones on human space exploration.
Part 6: Clifford Nass on human interaction with machines.

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