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Dummy robot Margot Paez is a PhD candidate in the civil engineering department at Georgia Institute of Technology. She has an MS in physics from GT. Her research interests are climate modeling and bitcoin's intersection with climate change and the energy sector. She is available for commentary and interviews.
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Bit #2: Artificial Intelligence: it's dumb and dumber.

"Terminator Genisys" (2015) Paramount Pictures
Artificial intelligence (AI for short) is hot thanks to recent advancements in game playing algorithms. Google's Alpha Go's success sent the media into a tizzy, leading to debates on the future of AI and the role it will play in the lives of humans as it becomes more ubiquitous. A lot of these debates revolve around the dangers of AI, how it could go Hal 9000 on us, committing crimes against humanity like the robot in I, Robot. Or worse, it could become Skynet and lead to the destruction of human civilization. These fears are literally (and literarily) based in fiction. The reality is equally troubling, not because machines could become sentient and harm us, but because machines are still just so darn stupid.

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Bit #1: The robots are coming for your job, but that doesn’t have to mean the end of your happy existence.

“The Jetsons” (1963) Hanna-Barbera / Warner Bros.
These days, there’s a lot of talk about what robots will do to the workforce. Most people are convinced that a robot will eventually takeover their job. It’s only a matter of time before you exclaim to your friend as your sip your sad, warm beer, “That robot stole my job!” Well, I have bad news and good news. This could happen sooner than you think, but it doesn’t have to mean doom and gloom for humans.

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