October 3, 2006, 8:23 am

Nothing Artificial About This Intelligence: Grand Rounds!


This is arguably the best film ever made.

I am absolutely fascinated by the idea, the reality of artificial intelligence.

The fact that this film was virtually ignored by the Academy Awards will go down in history as a cinematic travesty.

Say what you will about Steven Spielberg, but he did a beautiful job of incorporating Stanley Kubricks stark cinematography with a modern rendition of “Pinocchio”.

And Haley Joel Osment, whether he is seeing dead people or running from a “Flesh Fair”, is going to be the premier actor of a generation.

So what obligation do we have to the artificial, intelligent life forms we create?

It is, indeed, a moral question.

A question for the ages, perhaps.


Please forgive my pontificating. It’s just exciting to find out that I share a passion for artificial intelligence with Dr. Kavokin, who happens to be hosting Grand Rounds at his website RDoctor Medical.

Nick’s interview with Dr. Kavokin is a must-read. His background is quite different from what you expect of a med-blogger.

And…Dr. K was nice enough to include Emergiblog as a last-minute submission. Many thanks!

Next week, Grand Rounds will be at Unbounded Medicine.


Don’t forget! Both “Change of Shift” and “Pediatric Grand Rounds” will be here at Emergiblog this week.

Deadline for “Change of Shift” is Wednesday at 5 pm (Pacific Time).

Deadline for “Pediatric Grand Rounds” will be Saturday, October 7th at 5 pm (Pacific Time)

I made an exception this week for a post that I felt was applicable to both “Rounds”, but please remember: submissions to Change of Shift should be different than submissions to Grand Rounds.

Think of it as “One Blog, Twice the Showcase”!

Both carnivals are looking strong. Great stories. Much Kleenex required by yours truly.

Again, you can submit via Blog Carnival or kmcallister911 at yahoo dot com.


One last note: on October 17th, Grand Rounds will be….HERE!

Yes, I am ready and willing to take on hosting the “Big Kahuna” of them all.

And now that I no longer use Blogger, I suspect a smoother time will be had by all, especially the host!

I love you, Word Press!


  • Sean

    October 3, 2006 at 3:57 pm

    I’m not sure, but I may be completely in love with wordpress. Yes…definite romantic feelings 🙂

  • d

    October 3, 2006 at 4:37 pm

    I really, really liked AI, but I hated how I kept thinking the movie was over — plots tied up, complete with fadeouts — and I was repeatedly pulled back in. I think that movie had, what, 3 endings? I didn’t like that at all.

  • Deacon Barry

    October 4, 2006 at 3:49 am

    It’s one of Spielberg’s most annoying habits as a director. I submit as evidence ‘The Colour Purple’ and ‘Empire of the Sun’ – both of which had multiple final scenes.
    The obligation we have to an Artificial Intellegence that we create, should be the same as we have to a child that we create. If an AI passes the Turing test, it is then, by definition, a sentient being, and entitled to all the rights and protections we have.

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