Thinking about artificial intelligence can help clarify what makes us human—for better and for worse, according to a recent article written by Tad Friend for The New York Times. This is a very comprehensive article that discusses several possible outcomes from AI development.
“The worrywarts’ fears, grounded in how intelligence and power seek their own increase, are icily specific. Once an A.I. surpasses us, there’s no reason to believe it will feel grateful to us for inventing it—particularly if we haven’t figured out how to imbue it with empathy. Why should an entity that could be equally present in a thousand locations at once, possessed of a kind of Starbucks consciousness, cherish any particular tenderness for beings who on bad days can barely roll out of bed!”