Re: [BITS] Skewering AI for Fun and Profit -- 230 Final Exam

Gregory Alan Bolcer (
Fri, 13 Mar 1998 09:05:23 -0800

> Looking at these two articles, "Meet Shaky, the first electronic
> person" (Nov 1970) and "The 21st Century Artilect: Moral Dilemmas
> Concerning the Ultra Intelligent Machine" (May 1989), one's first
> reaction is gleeful mockery of such plainly extremist predictions.

As long as we are sharing, my final exam. I tried to write it
up as a moral dilemma also. I only post it here as with all your
morning posts, it sidetracked me thinking about other issues instead
of tracking down all the citations for my 28k word survey paper. If
I were to respond to you post, it'd probably be something along
these lines:

Thinking about these socio-technical implications, I found myself
at McDonalds this morning. They put a new screen, so that when
you order, you confirm your order on the screen rather than having
the person read it back to you. No matter that 40% of all adults
in this country have some reading disability even to the point of
being illiterate, but it seems to solve the mumbled voice phenomena.

I confirm my order, one bacon and egg breakfast
sandwich and two sausage ones and a large coffee two creams
no sugar. I appears correctly on the screen, they charge me the
correct ammount. The order I get? Two of the first, one of the other,
no creams, two sugars.

I wonder how many McDonalds workers have dyslexia? Either that
or someone has to take a serious look at the social implications
of technology and fast-food.