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Logan's Run

by M.G. Siegler


Robots are going to take our jobs and make us look like fools while doing it

Jeremy Kahn sat down with Demis Hassabis, co-founder and CEO of DeepMind, to talk about the current state of AI:

That generations of human wisdom, earned by hard experience, may be about to be wiped out is a fairly depressing thought. It’s not enough that robots are going to take our jobs, they’re going to make us look like fools while doing it. But Hassabis tells me that, on the contrary, he sees potential for AI to unleash a golden age of human creativity.
Take Go again. Hassabis says it’s now clear that the level of human play had reached a kind of plateau. Why? Because those learning the game falsely assumed that with more than 2,500 years of experience playing the game, every strategy had been tried and the rules of thumb accurately distilled this history. Top players, he says, weren’t likely to experiment with wild new strategies, because — even subconsciously — they wouldn’t want to risk losing games and prestige if that experimentation failed.

It's human nature to focus on the (potential) negative: loss of jobs, etc. But it seems just as logical -- if not more so -- to think about the positive side effects of all these changes. That's harder, because some of them we won't and cannot know. But just look at human history. Technological change tends to lead to profound shifts for the better...


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