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The worship of AI

There is a very interesting op-ed piece in today’s New York Times on the growing worship of artificial intelligence as replacing and transcending human intelligence. Written by Jaron Lanier, a musician and longtime innovator in virtual reality and other realms, the article can be found here, titled “The First Church of Robotics.” In the headlong embrace of the transforming qualities of the Web, whether via Web 2.0 (social media) or Web 3.0 (the so-called “intelligent” Web), we are consistently downgrading the contributions of individuals–just look at our relationship to intellectual property. Lanier’s piece is a strong wake-up call, and a necessary one.

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