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Our Coming Robot Utopia – Audio Version

Our Coming Robot Utopia – Audio Version

Alphabet's new robot will tidy your kitchen. But will it liberate us, or keep us prisoner?

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This week, a short essay on robots and the human Good Life.

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If you’d prefer to read this week’s instalment, go here for the text version of Our Coming Robot Utopia.

Links in this week’s instalment

1. Today’s instalment offers a new angle on a state of affairs I wrote about back in The Future that Never Came.

2. Having proven that the path they want to tread is viable, it was announced this week that Everyday Robots will move out of the X lab and into Alphabet’s Bay Area campuses.

3. I’ve written before on the huge challenges associated with AI embodiment, and the novel approaches under development at another division of Alphabet, DeepMind.

4. In Tools for Conviviality, first published in 1973, Ivan Illich mounts a ferocious critique of technological modernity.


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David Mattin sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Consumption.

New World Same Humans
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