Just because robots can’t enslave us today doesn’t mean AI will be safe forever

Every once in a while, an op-ed gets published that is so arrogantly out-of-touch with reality that it might have been written by somebody with the intelligence of a mouse. We’ve got nothing – absolutely nothing – to fear from intelligent machines, Luciano Floridi tries to reassure us in his recent Financial Times column. Floridi, a professor of philosophy and ethics of information at Oxford University, denies that computers are an “existential threat” to humanity. Computers, Floridi argues absolutely, have “no understanding, no consciousness, no intuitions.” Computers don’t possess autonomous mental life, he insists. They lack “the intelligence of a mouse.” And so “in the final analysis,” Floridi concludes about our age of smart machines, “humans, and not smart machines, are the problem.” Okay. So Floridi isn’t, exactly, a mouse.…


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