Friday, February 5, 2016

Episode 42 - How Do I Know that You're Real, Paul?

Recorded: 5 February 2016
Released: 6 February 2016
Duration:96 minutes, 4 seconds

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Host Paul Carr welcomes panelists David Grigg, Patrick Festa and Mike Bohler to talk about human relationships with artificial intelligences. Do we have ethical obligations to simulated intelligences?



David Grigg: Railsea by China Mieville
Patrick Festa: The Kraken Project by Douglas Preston
Paul Carr: Aladin Sky Atlas


Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Panelists: David Grigg, Patrick Festa, Mike Bohler
Music: DJ Spooky


  1. Paul. My Recommendation Is "The Kraken Project" by Douglass Preston. This story is about a space probe equipped with a new strong AI program, designed to go to Titan, Specifically the Kraken sea. This software was being tested for the first time in a special facility simulating the conditions on Titan. Then things got weird.

  2. A excellent episode, will there be a follow up? I would like to recommend a set of videos I found on Youtube all about AI, (not sure if links work here but one can always copy and paste) :)

    Also thanks to Mr Grigg for the Railsea recommendation 'tis a good book indeed

    1. Don't know when we'll follow up - I think we need more expertise to move the discussion forward. Maybe it's a topic for the Wow! Signal instead, where we sit down with an expert, have an extended chat, and mine the best bits of it.