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Even quite sober-minded observers are spooked. As a November 2015 report from Bank of America Merrill Lynch noted, “Stakeholders are also raising legitimate, longer-term questions as to when robots/ai reaches a point that machines are truly intelligent or smarter than humans, and around the development of fully autonomous weapons.”
The “automation paradox,” a phenomenon described by systems engineers, notes an interesting aspect of our shift toward automated systems. The more we implement them, the easier everyday tasks become. At the same time, however, the number of people with the knowledge and skills to solve problems if and when they arise diminishes over time. How many corner mechanics know how to fix corrupt software in a self-driving car?
Why it’s interesting:
Faroe Islands. Photography by Adam Burton