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Monday, April 23, 2018

Re-Engineering Humanity

I just got my copy and started reading Brett Frischmann and Evan Selinger's (with foreword by Nicholas Carr) new book Re-Engineering Humanity and its fantastic. It shows how perhaps more than being worried of AI taking over we should worry about how AI is changing us and what we believe is at the core of our humanity: free will, social engagement, creative independent thought. Here is a synopsis:

In this wide-reaching, interdisciplinary book, Brett Frischmann and Evan Selinger examine what’s happening to our lives as society embraces big data, predictive analytics, and smart environments. They explain how the goal of designing programmable worlds goes hand in hand with engineering predictable and programmable people. Detailing new frameworks, provocative case studies, and mind-blowing thought experiments, Frischmann and Selinger reveal hidden connections between fitness trackers, electronic contracts, social media platforms, robotic companions, fake news, autonomous cars, and more. This powerful analysis should be read by anyone interested in understanding exactly how technology threatens the future of our society, and what we can do now to build something better.

Brett is coming to San Diego this week so I can't wait to host him here for a faculty workshop this Thursday, and then immediately drag him in return to a book talk I am giving in the afternoon at UCSD. (by the way - my book You Don't Own Me just came out this week in audio for all you audible lovers - 11 hours, or listen to it in double speed!).

 

 

Posted by Orly Lobel on April 23, 2018 at 04:50 PM | Permalink

Comments

Unfortunately ( for you at least Orly ) the UK house of lord ( select committee on AI ) is bit more skeptical than you . Very recommended post ( and blog ) here :

https://ukhumanrightsblog.com/2018/04/18/can-we-build-ai-that-doesnt-turn-on-us-is-it-already-too-late/

Thanks

Posted by: El roam | Apr 23, 2018 6:13:13 PM

And by the way Orly , you may find great interest I guess , in that class action lawsuit , here :

http://www.jurist.org/paperchase/2018/04/class-action-suit-accuses-private-prison-contractor-of-forced-labor-practices.php

Posted by: El roam | Apr 23, 2018 6:38:03 PM

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