One of the most bewildering things about this point in the 21st century is how utterly bored our leaders are by the greatest existential threat humans have ever faced. ‘Artificial Intelligence?’ they say with a chortle.
‘Don’t worry — it’ll make more jobs than it takes’, by which I think they mean: ‘No algorithm could replace me.’ They take their line from the Economist, which has declared in a lofty way that fears about AI are exaggerated.
Then they return to the pressing matter of which twentysomething might secure a minor ministerial position in the next reshuffle. If you’ve ever heard of Dunning-Kruger syndrome, well, there it is in action.
For a politician or a serious-minded magazine to be so very relaxed about AI seems to me bizarre.