I share your relative lack of concern regarding an imminent AI takeover. I think part of the fear people feel derives from the rather thoughtless application of words like “intelligence” and “smart” to our machines and the programs they run on. I’m don’t believe those words really apply.

You touch on the fact that an AI takeover could be avoided by giving our machines emotions, allowing them to develop their own individual ambitions, and embedding them within the community. I agree this would prevent them from taking over. It would also make them more or less like the workers they are often designed to replace. I don’t think we want our machines to have ambition. We want them to sit there spot welding or painting automobiles all day without ever getting bored, going on vacation, or calling in sick. In other words, we want them to lack consciousness. That’s what makes them so efficient. There’s simply very little to no market for a machine that can develop an agenda of its own. If companies wanted that they would hire people.

All that said, I enjoyed your article. A link to my thoughts on the subject are provided below. Thanks for sharing.

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