Terrifying Applications of AI?

Several years ago, I read the novel Daemon by Daniel Suarez. In the story (which I highly recommend to almost everyone) an artificial intelligence takes over the world -- and the hero of the tale is asked to determine whether humanity actually deserves its freedom. As I read the story I was shocked at how many of the technologies that the Daemon used to gain power already existed. The story also made me wonder about where these technologies are headed. Will they take away human jobs? Will they decide which of us are best suited for medical treatment? Will they drive our understanding of fashion? Will they decide how law enforcement should respond to crime? The reality is that all of these problems can be given to machines... the question we need to answer is what activities should be left to machines -- and which activities should remain in the human domain? Our liberty and our very lives may depend on the decisions that we make about these questions.

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