An actual ‘Westworld’ isn’t reality yet, but not everything about the show is science fiction

We’re already seeing evidence of people taking advantage of AI without thinking twice, Carnegie Mellon University’s Nourbakhsh said. In a ethical test he often gives, Nourbakhsh finds people are willing to take a parking spot from a driverless car if the owner isn’t around because they know the car can keep on circling forever.

“Making things that are designed to be as close to looking and acting human and then saying ‘go ahead and abuse these things,’ to me it says something about humans,” Georgia Tech’s Ridel said.

“In some ways that’s okay because you’re given permission to do that [in “Westworld”], but what that says about the individual human ā€” if they have some issues ā€” you may to have to question,” he added.