The Human and the Machine

In this special three-part series, The Human and the Machine, generously sponsored by the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI (HAI), we tackle some of the most urgent questions about our growing reliance on AI and the radical changes it might bring about in our world. These questions are of vital importance, especially when AI is becoming integrated into every facet of our lives. The more we grow to rely on these intelligent technologies, the greater their capacity to bring about radical changes—socially, politically, and economically. To shape our future relationship with AI, we need to think carefully about the potential for human flourishing and human harm.


The Human and the Machine

To ensure that humanity benefits from AI technology and that the benefits are broadly shared, the research that HAI supports is focused on three key areas: Human Impact, Augment Human Capabilities, and Intelligence. The following episodes from the archive address different aspects of these focus areas.


Episode Title Guest Related Content

Could Robots Be Persons?

Joanna Bryson, Professor of Ethics and Technology, The Hertie School of Governance Digital Persons?

What Can Virtual Reality (Actually) Do?

Jeremy Bailenson, Professor of Communication, Stanford University Virtual Reality, Real Feelings

The Social Lives of Robots

Elaine Short, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor in Computer Science, Tufts University Socially Intelligent Robots

Conscious Machines

Susan Schneider, Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science, University of Connecticut Machine Consciousness

Hacking the Brain: Beyond the Five Senses

Neuroscientist and Entrepreneur David Eagleman Hacking Our Sense Perceptions

The Ethics of Algorithms

Angèle Christin, Professor of Communication, Stanford University Should Algorithms Decide?

The Internet of Things

Carl Hewitt, Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT Privacy and the Internet of Things

A World Without Work

Juliana Uhuru Bidadanure, Professor of Philosophy, Stanford University Automation and the Future of Work

Driverless Cars at the Moral Crossroads

Joshua Greene, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University When Driverless Cars Must Choose

Artificial Intelligence

Marvin Minsky, Professor of Media Arts and Sciences and of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, M.I.T.

Digital Selves Connectionism Creativity