Facebook is not (as far as we know) overtly malicious and evil. Rather their aggressive and ambitious pursuit of their self interest (and bottom line) blinds them to the impact they have on media and society.
AI is tyrannical by default, due to the false assumption that it has to be centralized, unresponsive, unaccountable, and inevitable. Yet there’s no reason why AI can’t be democratized. Imagine for a moment that we live in such a world. What would that look like?
In this issue let’s take a look at the platform pol.is and the growing role it is playing in changing politics and legitimizing the use of digital tools for democracy.
The rash of ethical takes on AI and the thought leadership industry flourishing around it, is, if anything, helping to accelerate the development of AI. As a cobra effect, AI ethics are not making AI ethical, and may even be encouraging the AI industry to be more unethical.
Automation as a concept can be applied to just about anything. As software plays a growing role in how we organize ourselves, and automated communication increases in sophistication and nuance, the opportunity arises for the automated organization.
The stories we tell ourselves about automation and artificial intelligence are themselves a distraction from the political and economic changes that are underway.