The development of artificial intelligence is filling many people with alarm. Applications such as ChatGPT–which can generate scarily-believable imitations of everything from school writing assignments to sermons–make our digital devices seem human.
This, in turn, is provoking all kinds of debate about what this means and what to do about it. What is the difference between an artificially-intelligent machine and a person? Might we develop robots some day that are, in effect, a different kind of sentient being? What are the ethical issues surrounding artificial intelligence?