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  • MIT Technology Review
  • 2019
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When algorithms mess up, the nearest human gets the blame

Humans take the blame for failures of AI automated systems, protecting the integrity of the technological system and becoming a “liability sponge.” It is necessary to redefine the role of humans in sociotechnical systems.

  • MIT Technology Review
  • 2019
  • 3 min
  • Kinolab
  • 2020
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Self-Driving Vehicles and Drone Traffic Stops

Nathan, a computer programmer, lives in an imagined version of 2033 in which all cars are equipped with a vocal assistant and an autonomous drive program. When he takes control of his own car and drives recklessly, he is pulled over by a police drone. Eventually, he meets his demise when the autonomous drive in his car fails to recognize a parked truck in the middle of the road.

  • Kinolab
  • 2020
  • 4 min
  • Kinolab
  • 2001
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Robots and Sex Work

“Gigolo Joe” is an android sex worker in an imagined future in which “Mechas,” or humanoid robots, have risen to prominence after a climate disaster. He performs his duties without hiding the fact that he is an android.

  • Kinolab
  • 2001
  • 4 min
  • Kinolab
  • 2001
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Robots and Humankind Purists

David and Joe, two humanoid androids known as “Mechas,” are captured to be featured in the “Flesh Fair.” In this horrifying attraction, ringmaster Lord Johnson-Johnson destroys Mechas in front of an enthusiastic crowd using brutal and painful torture methods. However, as David begs for his own life, the crowd hesitates.

  • Kinolab
  • 2001
  • 12 min
  • Kinolab
  • 1982
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Distinguishing Between Robots and Humans

In dystopian 2019 Los Angeles, humanoid robots known as “replicants” are on the loose, and must be tracked down and killed by bounty hunters. The normal role for replicants is to serve as laborers in space colonies; they previously were not meant to incorporate into human society. The first two clips demonstrate the Voigt-Kampff test, this universe’s Turing Test to determine if someone is a replicant or a human. While the android Leon is discovered and retaliates quickly, Rachel, a more advanced model of android, is able to hide her status as an android for longer because she herself believes she is human due to implanted memories. When this secret is revealed to Rachel, she becomes quite upset.

  • Kinolab
  • 1982
  • 11 min
  • Kinolab
  • 1982
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Meaning and Duration of Android Lives

Roy Batty is a rogue humanoid android, known as a “replicant,” who escaped his position as an unpaid laborer in a space colony and now lives among humans on Earth. After discovering that he only has a lifespan of four years, Roy breaks into the penthouse of his creator Eldon Tyrell and implores him to find a way to prolong his life. After Tyrell refuses and lauds Roy’s advanced design, Roy kills Tyrell, despite seeing him as a sort of father figure. After fleeing from the penthouse, he is found by android bounty hunter Rick Deckard, who proceeds to chase him across the rooftops. After a short confrontation with Deckard, Roy delivers a monologue explaining his sorry state of affairs.

  • Kinolab
  • 1982
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