To make artificial intelligence live up to its promise, we need to understand and reframe the values implicit in the technology.
People and organizations are navigating a new terrain, characterized by autonomous technologies, runaway markets, and weaponized media. To many, it feels as if these new phenomena threaten not only to disrupt our companies, but also to paralyze our ability to think constructively, connect meaningfully, and act purposefully. It feels as if civilization itself is on the brink, and that we lack the collective willpower and coordination necessary to address issues of vital importance to the very survival of our species.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
Some are asking how we got here, as if this were a random slide toward collective incoherence and disempowerment. It is not. There’s a reason for our current predicament: an antihuman agenda embedded in our technology, our markets, and our major cultural institutions, from education and religion to civics and media. It’s this agenda that has quietly turned these institutions — including, most likely, elements of your own company — from forces for human connection and expression into forces of isolation and repression. Humanity is seen as a liability instead of a strength.
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