TITLE: Two Forms of Irrelevance
AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford
DATE: March 13, 2015 3:07 PM
When companies become irrelevant to consumers.
From The Power of Marginal, by Paul Graham:
The big media companies shouldn't worry that people will post their copyrighted material on YouTube. They should worry that people will post their own stuff on YouTube, and audiences will watch that instead.You mean Grey's Anatomy is still on the air? (Or, as today's teenagers say, "Grey's what?") When people become irrelevant to intelligent machines.
I argue that we should abandon the conceit that a "true" Artificial Intelligence must care deeply about humanity -- us specifically -- as its focus and motivation. Perhaps what we really fear, even more than a Big Machine that wants to kill us, is one that sees us as irrelevant. Worse than being seen as an enemy is not being seen at all.Our new computer overlords indeed. This calls for a different sort of preparation than studying lists of presidents and state capitals. -----