Tech Think Tank Gives Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking Annual “Luddite Award”

In December, the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, a think-tank based in Washington, D.C. focused on the abstract nouns in its name, announced the 10 nominees for its annual Luddite Award, highlighting the efforts of people, companies, and governing bodies around the world to stifle technological innovation, adaptation, and implementation. The grand prize winners? Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak, and Stephen Hawking. Wait, what? Technically, the ITIF handed their Luddite Award out to “alarmists touting an artificial intelligence apocalypse.” In their announcement, the non-profit focused on what they called a “a loose coalition of scientists and luminaries who stirred fear and hysteria in 2015 by raising alarms that artificial intelligence (AI) could spell doom for humanity.” It’s a not so subtle reference to an open letter released In July that raised…


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