Everyone is talking about AI right now. Rishi Sunak’s new best friend is Elon Musk, who has been over in Britain to talk about it and the danger it presents. ‘Civilization destruction’ is how he described it. But, whilst that might be a long-term concern, isn’t the short-term danger of more concern. Liker deep fakes. Or the rising use of energy by data centres and processing power. Or a reliance on an intelligence that just be plain wrong about things – there are some examples in the podcast. Even the wins, like fighting cyber-crime, could they be negated by cyber-criminals using AI to fight AI? And how much of what we are going through was predicted in EM Forster’s 1909 short story, The Machine Stops?
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