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A Timeline of the Future

pbroderi What could it mean? (696 comments)

I'm really not sure what some of these predictions could actually mean. Two in particular stand out

AI doctors are retrodicted for 2001 and are placed singificantly before the development of AI pets. This seems to imply the functions of doctors (diagnosis, prescription and beaucratic juggling) are less complex than the functions of pets (barking, defecating in inappropriate places).

I'm futher confused by the possibility of AI priests hearing confession. This implies that a computer will have what it takes to perform sacremental functions. Since, women lack the ability to perform these functions, the author of the list seems to be assuming that certain interesting devices outside the ordninary realm of AI are on the immediate horizon.

--Paul

more than 12 years ago

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