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Artificial intelligence or human whims?

Hello World! How to Be Human in the Age of the Machine
Forfatter: Hannah Fry
Forlag: Doubleday (USA)
The mathematician Hannah Fry has explored the shortcomings and possibilities of artificial intelligence.
A fruitful division of labor between machine and human is possible – and necessary, she believes.

Teknisk Ukeblad reports that the Trondheim-based company Sevendof has received EU support to establish a network of drone stations all over Norway – with autonomous drones that can perform tasks for different clients. This is a clear picture of how artificial intelligence (KI) and automated systems occupy our living space. What these systems really do and are used for, obviously goes over our heads in different ways. If we are dissatisfied with them, we must ask ourselves whether we can solve the tasks better ourselves – limited as we are by our senses, the sense given to us and our human intelligence.

From servant to tyrant

Boken Hello World! How to Be Human in the Age of the Machine does not look at the dreams – or the nightmares – of the future KI of the future, but focuses on the present day – on our frustrating intercourse with the impressive but imperfectly artificial intelligence.

We are gradually getting used to programs and tools that have almost imperceptibly taken over much of our daily lives – search engines, apps and automated systems that will facilitate a simpler life. But when the algorithms are also used in medicine, law, defense and surveillance services, it is felt that the data technology servers are gradually taking over power and ending up as tyrants.

What do we prefer? The machine's objective fallibility or the subjective whims of humans?

Hello World! is built up as an amusing strip of anecdotes that illustrate the intricacies of automation. The examples range from the bizarre and laughable to the shocking and terrifying.

Fry reminds us of the dramatic incident in 1983 in which the Soviet officer Stanislav Petrov failed to launch a counterattack when it appeared that five American nuclear missiles were on. . .

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Anders Dunker
Philosopher. Regular literary critic in Ny Tid. Translator.

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