Saturday, April 7, 2018
#97 / Do You Trust This Computer?
Chris Paine, documentary filmmaker, has just released a new film, Do You Trust This Computer? The film is available for a free viewing until Sunday, April 8th. If you are reading this blog posting before that deadline, you should be able to stream the film just by clicking the link. If you are seeing this posting at some time after April 8th, there is presumably some way to track down the film for viewing (either online or in the non-digital "analog" world that used to be the only world we knew).
Elon Musk, who is featured in the film, has advised his Twitter followers to watch it. While I am not much of a Musk enthusiast, and I am definitely not one of his Twitter followers, I heard about his advice, and took it.
It was good advice, too!
Paine's film outlines the extreme dangers of Artificial Intelligence (AI), which Musk suggests may (within the next five years) become an "Immortal Dictator from which we can never escape."
Sounds overblown, maybe?
As Musk says: "Watch."
There is more validity to the warning than you might think!