William Davidow is co-founder of Mohr Davidow Ventures. Michael S. Malone is an author.
Artificial intelligence is still in its infancy. But it may well prove to be the most powerful technology ever invented. It has the potential to improve health, supercharge intellects, multiply productivity, save the environment, and enhance both freedom and democracy.
But as that intelligence continues to climb, the danger from using AI in an irresponsible way also brings the potential for AI to become a social and cultural H-bomb. It's a technology that can deprive us of our liberty, power autocracies and genocides, program our behavior, turn us into human machines and, ultimately, turn us into slaves. Therefore, we must be very careful about the ascendance of AI; we don't dare make a mistake. And our best defense may be to put AI on an extreme diet.
From Scientific American
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