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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Artificial Intelligence is coming. I don’t mean computers playing chess or go against human beings… and winning. No, I mean machines, manufactured by humankind, thinking, inventing, creating and perhaps, in the future, feeling and suffering.

Science fiction literature and movies from the 20th and 21st centuries have developed the concept of robots, clones, androids at the service of humans. Robots, clones and androids that suddenly start thinking, and even thinking for themselves, and then, possibly, rebel and fight against us - their creators, their masters, their gods.
The US writer Philip K. Dick, author of the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Blade Runner on the screens, as well as Total Recall and The Adjustment Bureau), was one of the most amazing visionaries concerning artificial intelligence.
Steven Spielberg, with his movie A. I. Artificial Intelligence (following an idea of Stanley Kubrik), also went quite far away on the very deep philosophical question of the android, a perfect charming child, who wishes to become human.

But, for the moment, this is not our present. Our present is for instance the industrial robotics which is already invading our factories, and the housework robots which will soon occupy our homes and doing all our domestic chores. That means less jobs for working people outside and less work for us inside. So, surely more free time for all of us inside but perhaps also less freedom and social autonomy outside.

And then, one thing led to another, shall we have robotic soldiers to make war someday and android sex toys to make love... instead of us.

In short, dear cartoonists from all over the world, with our 2018 theme Artificial Intelligence, all the possibilities are opened for you to express, thanks to your natural intelligence, your most terrific and free artistic creativity about this very important subject concerning our present and future as living social species on Earth.

Carlos Brito
For the jury of the 6th Niels Bugges Cartoon Award 2018