Killer AI, Black Mirrors, & Murphy’s Law

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Killer AI, Black Mirrors, & Murphy’s Law

Debate over the risk and promise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other technologies can be depressingly simplistic, often polarised into two camps with views that are extreme to the point of caricature. On the one hand we have those whose understanding of AI seems to have been predominantly informed by 1980s movies like The Terminator and Wargames, in which killer AI is bent on destruction of the human race. At the other end of the spectrum we have those who seem to believe that AI can do no harm, and that left unregulated it will lead to a risk-free cornucopia

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Big Data Knows You, Better Than You Do

No Such Thing As A Free Meal There are always strings attached, they say. Perhaps this is nowhere more true than in the human mind, which believes itself to be in charge of its own conscious decisions when evidence frequently suggests otherwise. We, humans, tend to at least implicitly believe that we have “free will”, which is to say the ability to make choices with them being in some sense intrinsically determined in advance. Tor Nørretranders is just one of many researchers who has argued (in his book “The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size”) that humans have an

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