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Episode 35 – “The Mighty Casey”

This episode anticipates what would be an impressive achievement in artificial intelligence and robotics, the development and implementation of a robotic major league pitcher.  This machine, “Casey,” looks like a human, but is still a special purpose machine, designed to … Continue reading

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Episode 25 – “People are Alike All Over”

If intelligence is a kind, and humans are just instances of that kind, we can expect that intelligence on other planets, if it exists, will be like ours, that people are alike all over. This is the initial speculation of … Continue reading

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Episode 12 – “What You Need”

This is a study in moral psychology. What does someone need?  It depends, of course, on what one wants, and the facts. If I want to buy groceries, I need a mode of transportation, and a grocery store that stocks … Continue reading

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Episode 10 – “Judgement Night”

One might think that this episode is about retribution. A Nazi submarine captain is punished for sinking a civilian British ship, the Queen of Glasgow, which has separated from its convoy.  But there’s more to it than that. The punishment … Continue reading

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