As AI’s efficiencies and skill sets increase, they also become tools of power. The tedious skills of surveillance, warfare and torture can already be performed much better by an entity that is neither prone to emotions, conflicted values or fatigue. Still the danger that hostile or even lethal machines will develop an evil consciousness and turn against mankind is nil. It is institutions and organizations that will use them for whatever benign or sinister objective. — Andrian Kreye, 2015 : WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT MACHINES THAT THINK?

Originally published at 6 December 1015.

Work ecologist. Founder, Work Futures. The ecology of work and the anthropology of the future.

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