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The Age of AI-ism


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The authors ask, “If AI thinks, or approximates thinking, who are we?" but it is unfair under the vague auspices of AI to even talk about such an existential risk.

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The Age of AI: And Our Human Future, a book by Henry Kissinger, Eric Schmidt, and Daniel Huttenlocher, describes itself as "an essential roadmap to our present and our future." While there is a need for more business-, government-, and philosophical-centric books on artificial intelligence (AI), this book is troubling because the authors attempt to convince readers that AI puts human identity at risk.

The problem with this framing, aside from the pesky, false premises, is that when a threat is framed in this way, the danger justifies any action, which may be the most significant danger of all.

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