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September 3, 2015

Let's Treat Robots Like Yo-Yo Ma's Cello -- as an Instrument for Human Intelligence

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Yo-Yo Ma's remarkable sounds emerge from a collaboration between him and his cello. We choose to view his contributions as more important. We don't view Yo-Yo Ma as mere facilitator of sounds produced by the cello. There's nothing that prevents us from granting the same kind of recognition to humans whose jobs require them to collaborate with computers.

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