An AI apocalypse?


Last week I gave my guest lecture “An AI apocalypse?” at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Amsterdam. Core message: the existential threat of AI is portrayed as a risk for the future, while current AI is already threatening us existentially. Not by suddenly eliminating all humans, but by gradually devaluating and reducing humans to an economic function. With students from various countries and disciplines we discussed AI (beyond) doom, AI (beyond) utopia, capitalism, the anthropomorphization of AI and the machinization of humans. Sharp observation from one of the students: AI is a good populist as it turns complex realities into seemingly simplicity. Compliments to Lisa Doeland for developing and teaching the fantastic honoursmodule Apocalypse.