Editorial: Marvin the paranoid android may be fiction…

2019-03-01 10:17:08

NICO the robot has joined the illustrious club of humans, chimps, elephants and dolphins in being able to recognise himself in a mirror. Another automaton, Leonardo, now has the ability to see the world from another’s perspective – a primitive theory of mind. It seems that artificial intelligence is at last making inroads into the things that really make us human (see “The robots with a sense of self”). Or is it?