Monthly Archives: May 2015

The Counselor

A dying man squares off against a machine of his own creation, a system that deploys a formidable arsenal of persuasive weaponry in an attempt to convince the patient to end his own life. The central conflict of the story points to an increasingly important debate in the design of systems that use machine intelligence. What are the types of persuasive methods we should permit designers of machines to use, and under what contexts are certain methods inappropriate?