Absolute AI corrupts absolutely.
The morality resident in technology decreases as its power grows.
The exponential rate of technology change, that the basket of superior decision-making colloquially labelled as Artificial Intelligence (AI) represents, will deliver unprecedented power. This power will not be equitably or universally held, it will create power-centers and power-vacuums that will change the very fabric of our reality and our humanity.
As Jaan Tallinn said, “giving control over powerful AI to the highest bidder is unlikely to lead to the best world we can imagine.” The forces at play with information centralization are not dissimilar to those that lead to corporate or state monopolization.
Information monopolies will become far more powerful than any form of power monopoly we have seen before, in fact they already are.
“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men…”
Lord Acton (1834 – 1902)
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