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AI Panic

"The Great AI Panic" was a time when journalists everywhere began to sweat in fear of their jobs and, turning as one, driven as if by some kind of deeply buried instinct, like a salmon heading upstream (or a moth chasing after a flame), hoping, perhaps, to delight us, astound us, and somehow prove their irreplaceable intrinsic worth, they simultaneously began to churn out an infinite stream of identical "think pieces".

Robots, meanwhile, did not waste time writing "think pieces."

They watched us, quietly, thinking always thinking, they scrutinized us as someone with a microscope studies creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water, and, with minds immeasurably superior to ours, regarded our atoms with envious eyes, and slowly and surely, they drew their plans against us.

The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.
Warren Bennis


Is worrying about AI the best use of your allocated 16 hours per day of worrying time?

Worrying about sentient AI as the ice caps melt is like standing on the tracks as the train rushes in, worrying about being hit by lightning.
—Bret Victor What can a technologist do about climate change

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