Unemployment vs. Disemployment

Unemployment vs. Disemployment

I had the good fortune yesterday to attend a seminar in Palo Alto titled “How will Artificial Intelligence Change our Economic Future?” which featured two prominent authors/speakers on the topic of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics: Jerry Kaplan and John Markoff. I say “good fortune” not only because it turned out to be a very good seminar (more of a conversation really) but also because had I not been casually browsing events on Eventbrite this past Tuesday, then I would have missed the event yesterday altogether. The “extra good fortune” for me being that I just finished reading Jerry’s book – “Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence” – only a few weeks ago so, again, very fortunate timing for me. (I have not read/listened to John’s book – “Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots” – yet but it’s on my Audible “wish list” so I expect to be absorbing its contents soon enough.) Read More »

We’ll Know Our Species is in Trouble When…

We’ll Know Our Species is in Trouble When…

Those of you who’ve seen the movie “The Imitation Game” are at least vaguely familiar with Alan Turing – the British mathematician, cryptanalyst and all around SUPER genius who was instrumental in engineering a “bombe” that was eventually capable of cracking Nazi communication ciphers (generated by their “Enigma machine”) during WWII. (Benedict Cumberbatch gives an outstanding performance of Turing in the movie, by the way…I don’t know how historically accurate the movie is with respect to Turing’s supposed Aspergian traits but, regardless, it is worth watching.) Read More »