How AI could kill off democracy

Are we willing to give up our freedom in exchange for efficient, data-driven public services owned and run by tech giants?

In May this year, to whoops and yeahs, Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai unveiled Duplex, Google’s artificial intelligence (AI)-powered personal assistant. “Hi. Erm, I’d like to reserve a table,” said the machine to an unsuspecting restaurant receptionist, in a perfectly non-robotic tone. “For four.”

“For four people you can just come,” replied the oblivious human.

“How long is the wait, err, to be seated?” pursued the assistant, to the exhilaration of the...
source: New Statesman

2018-08-15 20:26
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