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May 22, 2018 Curated Content: How the Enlightenment Ends

“How the Enlightenment Ends,” Henry A. Kissinger, The Atlantic, June 2018 Issue.

Our former Secretary of State, noting that the printing press allowed the Age of Reason to supersede the Age of Religion, warns that Artificial Intelligence will be similarly consequential — but likely more destabilizing as machines take on abilities previously thought to be reserved for human beings.


“How a Pioneer of Machine Learning Became One of Its Sharpest Critics,” Kevin Hartnett, The Atlantic, 5.19.2018.

Interview with Judea Pearl, an early AI pioneer who, in his latest book, argues that AI needs to head in a new direction — toward true cause-and-effect reasoning, not just “reasoning” by association. Pearl is confident such reasoning machines will exist, will exhibit free will and, like humans, will be capable of evil. 


“How Evil Is Silicon Valley?” Nick Bolton interviews Tristan Harris, Inside the Hive, Vanity Fair, 5.4.2018.

Former Google ethicist, Tristan Harris, discusses how the business models of Google, Facebook, and other social media companies are designed to manipulate and exploit a particularly scarce and valuable resource — human attention.


“How AI Can Improve How We Work,” Paul Daugherty and James Wilson, Harvard Business Review, 4.17.2018.

The authors of the new book, Human + Machine: Reimagining Work in the Age of AI, present an optimistic assessment of AI’s likely impact on jobs and human work.


“The problem isn’t just Cambridge Analytica or Facebook — it’s “surveillance capitalism,” Jennifer Cobbe, Open Democracy, 3.20.2018.

One of the UK’s leading journalists on “surveillance capitalism” says the real problem with Facebook isn’t its privacy transgressions, it’s that their AI-empowered business model is designed to uncover and manipulate our psychic vulnerabilities.

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