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Title: Comp 380 Computers and Society

Comp 380Computers and Society
  • Social Issues Gaming, Culture, Robotics, and
  • June 7, 2007
  • Russell Gayle
  • Summer Session I - 2007

  • Short Paper 3
  • If you have not done so, please turn in your soft
  • Hard copy due TODAY at 115959pm
  • Presentations
  • Reminders
  • A reading list is due 2 days before your
  • A plan is due 24 hours before your presentation

The sunrise in Second Life
How real is Second Life (SL)?
  • A motivating video
  • Consumer of Goods and Services
  • Culture of simulation
  • http//

Exercise Experience Second Life
  • Start SecondLife
  • Or find someone who has it setup
  • Get a sheet of paper and put your names on it
    (choose a scribe)

Virtual Forest Theatre
Exercise rules
  • Please follow all of the following rules
  • Do NOT tell anyone in SL your real name, or
    information that they may be able to use to guess
    who you are
  • Once we start, NO TALKING to people outside of
    your group

Step One UNC CH in SL
  • Follow these directions to find the UNC island
  • Start and login to SecondLife
  • Go to the Map (ctrlm)
  • Search for UNC CH
  • Wait for me (Bevo) by the Old Well
  • Take a seat while youre at it

Exploring UNC CH in SL
  • Spend a few minutes to orient yourself
  • Find 2 interesting things on the UNC SL campus
  • Not including South Building and Old Well
  • Write these down
  • How difficult was it to find? To navigate? Did
    they have real life equivalents?
  • Once youre done
  • Meet me in South Building discussion area (first
    room on the right)

Identity in SL
  • Your goal
  • Determine the identity of everyone else in the
  • For each virtual person, write down who you think
    they are in real life
  • Remember Try not to give away your identity.
    Better yet, try to maintain a false persona if
    youd like.

Socializing and Collaboration
  • Did anyone grab scripts from Help Island?
  • Try to dance with others
  • Try out gestures
  • Create objects for others
  • Can you read the virtual whiteboard?

In SL Discussion
  • Briefly
  • Your rights as SL citizens
  • Acting ethically in SL

Wrapping up SL
  • Identity
  • Was it easy to determine who others were?
  • To disguise who you are?
  • Communication
  • Was it easy to chat?
  • What if a lot of people are chatting at once?
  • Collaboration
  • Was it easy to interact with others?
  • To personalize your interactions?

Wrapping up SL
  • Are you intrigued?
  • Would it be easy to get addicted?
  • Why?
  • What did you learn about SL?
  • Do you feel safe in SL?
  • Where did you feel you didnt have control?
  • Did you feel lost?
  • Can you learn any real world skills from SL?

Wrapping up SL
  • What determines peoples behavior in SL?
  • Do the same ethics of the real world apply?

Robots and AI
  • Robots
  • What are they?
  • What do you think of?
  • Examples?
  • A virtual, mechanical, or otherwise artificial
  • Are they intelligent?

AI Artificial Intelligence
  • John McCarthy (1955)
  • making a machine behave in ways that would be
    called intelligent if a human were so behaving

Strong vs. Weak AI
  • Strong AI
  • The ability to truly reason and solve problems
  • Will be it be human-like?
  • Weak AI
  • Appearance of intelligence, but cannot truly
  • Examples?
  • How can we distinguish between the two?
  • How can we recognize an AI then?

The Turing Test
  • Alan Turing Father of Modern Computing
  • The Turing Test
  • Test the capability
  • of a machine
  • to demonstrate
  • thought

The Turing Test
  • General form
  • A human judge has a conservation with two others
  • A human
  • A computer
  • If the judge cannot reliably tell which is which,
    then the machine passes the test
  • Can you think of any limitations to this?
  • If a machine passes the test, is it a strong AI?

  • Some attempts to pass the test
  • ALICE (Artificial Linguistic Internet Computer
  • Jabberwacky
  • What happens if they chat with each other?

Towards a Sentient AI
  • How far away are we?
  • Technological Singularity
  • A Smarter than human creation
  • Rapid technology acceleration
  • Beyond that which we are capable of understanding
  • If this is a reality, what does it infer about

Technological Singularity
Creating a Sentient AI?
  • Pros
  • Automation of tasks
  • More time for other activities
  • Cons
  • Too intelligent
  • Replace our jobs
  • Dangerous

Creating a Sentient AI?
  • Should we pursue building an AI?
  • Is it ethical to do this?
  • If so, what rights should they have?
  • Are they just property?
  • Can they be just turned off?
  • What should be the governments involvement?

  • What ethics should a robot have?
  • Isaac Asimov I, Robot
  • A robot may not injure a human being or, through
    inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  • A robot must obey orders given to it by human
    beings except where such orders would conflict
    with the First Law.
  • A robot must protect its own existence as long as
    such protection does not conflict with the First
    or Second Law.

Faults of the laws
  • Are these laws sufficient?
  • Robots unknowingly break one?
  • No single robot breaks a rule, but together they
  • Understanding of the laws?
  • How would you change the laws?

For next time
  • Social Issues
  • Medicine and Access to Medical Information
  • In government E-voting and Public Information
    Online (if time allows)
  • Readings 34-35