THE MACHINE FOR SAYING SORRY - an ongoing project
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Recently, it has become fashionable for AI experts to claim that machines will become empathetic.
But this reveals a failure to grasp the difference between living systems and machines.
(Photo by Gage Skidmore)
Similarly, we often hear calls for politicians to apologise. But how many of us recall that apologising and saying sorry have almost opposite meanings? The ancient Greek word ‘apologia’ (ἀπολογία’) referred to the public defence of a religious belief. This is very different from expressing heartfelt remorse (i.e. as in saying ‘sorry’). Never mind, we might still need someone (or some thing) to excuse us, once we’re gone…
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