From Greek legends and philosophy to the classic sci-fi films of the 20th century robots have always captured human imagination. No longer fantastical beings, robots of the 21st century are taking their place in society alongside humankind. Indeed, robotic automation is already indispensable across many labour markets, with bots outperforming humans on precision, endurance and economic advantage.
However, in striving to maximise efficiencies and ultimately the bottom line, are we actually prepared for the reality of replacing ourselves? More recent robotic technology is venturing past the physical to those very things that define us as human, including the ability to learn and to comprehend emotion. Put simply, AI with EI and an IQ.
Are we prepared for our intrinsic and defining worth to be displaced by intelligent machines…and how will we value ourselves and each other? Join our distinguished panel of thinkers, dreamers and realists as they contemplate our co-existence with these human-like companions.
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