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Presenting Robots As People Stops ­s Thinking Clearly About AI

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Pepper the robot before Parliament

Pepper the robot provided pre-recorded answers to pre-arranged questions before Parliament.

Last week, a Pepper model robot was hailed as the first non-human to give evidence in the Parliament of the United Kingdom, after it issued pre-recorded answers to members of the U.K. Education Select Committee during a session on the "Fourth Industrial Revolution." Rather than shedding light on the advance of robotics, this stunt further obscures it.

It is not the first time I have seen this phenomenon.

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