It’s not AI vs people
It’s not Big Data vs people
It’s not robots vs people
It’s corporations vs people.
AI's not bad when it organizes your photo collection offline.
Robots aren't bad when they clean your floors. They are when corporations replace people with it (though since productivity isn't increasing, this doesn't appear to being done effectively).
Though big data I have relative trouble defending, it's mostly for those who don't understand statistics.
@bob @Mac_CZ @aral @ZeniorXV
There was a talk at #34c3 (I think thsi one? https://events.ccc.de/congress/2017/Fahrplan/events/9270.html ) that stated that corpos and AIs behave in the same way - they have a set goal, and they try to achieve it no matter the consequences.
Corpos are not allowed to do anything that doesn't maximize the shareholders' profits. If that involves destroying the Earth - who cares. And if they don't destroy the Earth, but this gives less profit - the CEO will get sued.
@aral You're exchanging goal, for measuring if you're doing it right. Goal for corporation is for example producing great cars. Profits are telling them, that they're doing good job and their cars are usefull for customers and it doesn't cost more to produce the car than the sales price. Profit is just the measuring tool. It's like saying that goal of the driver is checking road and fuel, it's not the goal, goal is to get somewhere and checking road and fuel is just step to get there.
@aral Did you see the Ted Chiang essay about this from December? I thought he elucidated this point beautifully:
"It’s no surprise that Silicon Valley capitalists don’t want to think about capitalism ending. What’s unexpected is that the way they envision the world ending is through a form of unchecked capitalism, disguised as a superintelligent AI. They have unconsciously created a devil in their own image, a boogeyman whose excesses are precisely their own."
Useful #insight lies in who's behind it / defining its purpose(s!), and which are their goal(s).
- to save the dream of either (functional) #democracy - or just the control of the natural resources (and the "reaping" their benefits / control of distribution of wealth) - it seems that #privacy will (have to?) suffer.
I'll start believing corporations are people the day one gets put to death for its crimes.
Corporations are innately structured in a way that almost guarantees psychopathy; regardless of the well meaning lovely people who work for them. Without checks and oversight, a psychopath is capable of anything.
@aral Indeed, according to the reference in https://libreplanet.org/wiki/XMPP#cite_note-Benkler-2017-10, you're indeed right! :D
It's now a matter of helping each other stand up in order to resist this kind of manipulation.
Also, what kind of corporations? Limited liability, publicly traded, other?
@aral This reminds me that I often criticized savage capitalism on reddit, and often got accused of being a communist.
And I was like, "Dude, WTF? I'm CYBERPUNK. Communism isn't the only ideology that criticizes megacorps."
But it's like trying to explain chemistry to a Neanderthal.
I wonder if this includes the newly created category of public benefit corporations which, for the first time, legally allow a corporation to put doing public good as an equally valid priority as maximizing shareholder value.
To me, this is a legal seachange of a size comparable to the first creation of the idea of a corporation, and yet most people seem to be unaware that it even exists.