Amy Webb, futurist, NYU professor, and award-winning creator, has spent a lot of the final decade researching, discussing, and assembly with folks and organizations about synthetic intelligence. “We’ve reached a fever pitch in all issues AI,” she says. Now it’s time to step again to see the place it’s going.
That is the duty of her new e-book, The Large 9: How the Tech Titans and Their Considering Machines May Warp Humanity, the place she takes a fowl’s-eye view of traits that, she warns, have put the event of expertise on a harmful path. Within the US, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Fb, IBM, and Apple (the “G-MAFIA”) are hamstrung by the relentless short-term calls for of a capitalistic market, making long-term, considerate planning for AI unimaginable. In China, Tencent, Alibaba, and Baidu are consolidating and mining large quantities of information to gasoline the federal government’s authoritarian ambitions.
If we don’t change this trajectory, argues Webb, we could possibly be headed straight for disaster. However there may be nonetheless time to behave, and a task for everybody to play.
IT Technology Review sat down with her to speak about why she’s worried and what she thinks we can do about it.