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Cars May Think, But Will They Achieve Artificial Stupidity?

Cars May Think, But Will They Achieve Artificial Stupidity?

The late Herbert Simon, a pioneer in artificial intelligence, once fretted that every time a machine showed a hint of brain, people redefined brainpower. “They move the goalposts,” he said. The same thing may well be happening with cars that think. Some people maintain that while autonomous cars may be good at handling routine problems on the highway, like lane-keeping and front-collision avoidance, they are far from being able to negotiate their way around pedestrians, cyclists and small dogs. They say such cars will be great at routine tasks but not at those that require tact or judgment. Simon would have had none of it. “My grandparents would have called a machine that can play chess intelligent,” he told me back in 1998 , the year after IBM’s Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov at chess. “They wouldn’t have said it was a parlor trick, or that chess didn’t really involve thin...

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