quikfrozt OP t1_j2281ql wrote

I’m curious if there are studies that go into how humans have changed as a result of their new technologies - human behavior, education, development, social patterns etc. I have a feeling it’s a two way street - we make the technologies and they remake us to a smaller degree. Has this balance started to shift in the machines’ favor? That is, they will be able to change us at a greater intensity and speed than we can affect them?

I’m scared of a dumbing down of a significant chunk of the population if soon, black boxes are able to perform critical thinking functions in behalf of folks for a lot of everyday tasks. One could just switch off mentally and have the machine do everything, even advising or making decisions on one’s behalf.

Sure, top engineers and programmers will continue to work with autonomous intelligences on a high level but they constitute a tiny fraction of humanity, most of whom have outsourced imagination and critical thinking to the all knowing blackboxes.


quikfrozt t1_j1nd52o wrote

Weird. He seems like a very smart guy and a legitimate entrepreneur. What drove him off the deep end? He doesn’t seem to be a bad faith actor who only pretends to subscribe to conspiracy theories for profit?


quikfrozt t1_is5r8eq wrote

The boundless supply of third world immigrants who overstay their visas in developed countries may yet keep labor costs low enough to keep these so-called tech companies going. People are cheap and ripe for exploitation - even if these workers remit more money home than they would’ve warned otherwise. Take away this labor supply and I’d wager that the delivery tech companies would either have to jack up prices or go out of business.