How the Enlightenment Ends
It seemed strange seeing an article on a technology topic from Henry Kissinger. But his piece is a very good read. He argues that "Philosophically, intellectually—in every way—human society is unprepared for the rise of artificial intelligence." The 5000 word article provides context from a historian and a strategist, and is well worth a read. He is right, of course, humanity is not ready for the future. But we at CTOvision would push back a bit. When has humanity every been ready for the future? Substitute his arguments on AI with words like "automobiles" We could also say that "Philosophically, intellectually—in every way—human society is unprepared for the rise of motor cars that move people around." Or what about Airplanes: "Philosophically, intellectually—in every way—human society is unprepared for the rise of things that fly and can carry cargo and people quickly through the air." Or what about medical breakthroughs: "Philosophically, intellectually—in every way—human society is unprepared for the extension of life beyond the 42 year life expectancy."
But still, he provides good context. He argues that the Internet is weakening the fortitude required to develop and sustain convictions. He may have been the first to say it exactly that way, but is certainly not the first to observe and research this trend (see Does Technology Threaten The Future of Society at OODALoop).
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