Thought for the month

“History isn’t just the story of bad people doing bad things. It’s quite as much a story of people trying to do good things. But somehow something goes wrong.” C.S. Lewis, Author (1898 – 1963).

Monday, 4 June 2018

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in all its forms does and will increasingly impact society worldwide. The global robot population is predicted to outnumber humans by 2048. However my recent miserable attempts to navigate a ‘smart’ automated repayment system from a railway company made me paraphrase the words of Gandhi. What do I think of Artificial Intelligence? I think that it would be a good idea. Fortunately, the same day a real, friendly human being managed to rescue me from the voice recognition, Kafkaesque, income tax assessment telephonic black hole that I had descended into.

As King Canute knew, you cannot obstruct irresistible forces and the Luddites are not good role models, but should not AI be augmented intelligence, the antidote to natural stupidity?

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