A sleeping bag that cuddles us, algorithms that predict our every move, self-driving cars and weapons that choose their own targets. All things that could become reality, or already are, thanks to artificial intelligence.
The technology is being developed as we speak. Nieuwsuur asked renowned experts to take us on a trip to our possible future. Because the choices that are being made right now - by ourselves, companies and governments- will shape our daily lives in the future.
Below you can catch a glimpse of that future in A Bright New World, a series covering five different themes.
What will the relationship between man and machine be?
Master, slave or partner? Will humans control machines or will it be the other way around? With John Markoff, Joanna Bryson, Stuart Russell and Paul Verschure.
How shall we love?
Will we fall in love with machines? And is there a chance they will love us back? With Kate Devlin, John Markoff and Joanna Bryson.
Will we still work?
What will we do when we no longer need to work? With Stuart Russell, John Markoff and Paul Verschure.
In sickness and in health?
Will we still get sick? If we don't get sick anymore, how will we die? With Joanna Holbrook, John Markoff and Paul Verschure.
Will autonomous weapons make the world a safer place?
Or will war become even more destructive? With Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Stuart Russell and Kenneth Payne.
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About the experts
Anders Fogh Rasmussen is a former secretary-general of NATO and advocates a world wide treaty against the use of fully autonomous weapon systems.
Joanna Bryson researches autonomy and ethics in robotics and the cooperation between humans and artificial intelligence at the University of Bath en Princeton University.
John Markoff is researcher at Stanford University, after a carreer of 40 years as a journalist covering the Sillicon Valley. He won a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting at the New York Times. In 2015 he wrote Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots.
Kate Devlin is senior lecturer at King's College in London. She works in the fields of human computer interaction and artificial intelligence. Currently she is focusing on cognition, sex, gender and sexuality and how these might be incorporated into cognitive systems such as sexual companion robots. She wrote Turned On: Science, Sex & Robots, to be published next month.
Kenneth Payne is also senior lecturer at King's College in Londen. expert in the field of militaire applications of AI. He wrote Strategy, Evolution, and War: From Apes to Artificial Intelligence. He resarches the basics of strategic behaviour and the impact of artificial intelligence on the future of warfare.
Joanna Holbrook is vice president translational Medicine at the company Benevolent AI. She is also professor bioinformetics at the University of Southampton. She uses algorithms to discover new medicins.
Stuart Russell is a professor in computer science at Berkeley University in California. He wrote the renowned book Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, used in over 1300 universities in 118 countries. Russell refers to the work as "the most stolen pdf in the world."
Paul Verschure is research professor and director at the Center of Autonomous Systems and Neurorobotics at University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. He runs the laboratory of Synthetic Perceptive, Emotive and Cognitive Systems. He is specialised research that tries to define the principles of living organisms in order to try and evolve self repairing, moraly conscious machines.
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