AI: breaking news

As Interfax reports from Moscow, the Russian cabinet’s representative in the Duma has asked the chairman of its legislative committee if MPs could be replaced by robots:

“I am very much interested in your view on this. I’ve been to a lecture on artificial intelligence, and apologists for this theory are saying that soon, within five-ten years, it will become reality. My question is: can you teach a robot to write laws?”

I’m not sure why he felt like trolling the deputies in this slightly bizarre manner, but the previous Duma (2011-16) was often compared to a printer gone rabid for the poorly drafted but richly draconian laws it churned out.

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