Tristan Harris on the AI Dilemma

Harris describes social media as the ‘first contact with AI’ with huge unintended consequences following from the seemingly innocuous aspiration to maximise engagement. We’re now seeing a ‘second contact’ in which we move from machine curation to machine creation:

Their capacity to talk about the ‘race dynamic’ driving this without talking about the political economy of the technology sector is rather impressive. As with their other work, this is a prime example of tech humanism. Even so there’s a lot of value in this talk, particularly their focus on the significance of intimacy as a turning point in the social consequences of these developments.

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