Interview: historian warns that AI & automation could lead to individual discrimination & a "global useless class"

Author: Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura, The New York Times, Published on: 1 May 2018

"What's next for humanity: automation, new morality, and a 'global useless class," 19 March 2018

…In an event organized by The New York Times and How To Academy, [Israeli historian and author Yuval Noah Harari ]... said automation could create a "global useless class"... and the political and social history of the coming decades will revolve around the hopes and fears of this new class. Disruptive technologies, which have helped bring enormous progress, could be disastrous if they get out of hand... "With disruptive technology the danger is far greater, because it has some wonderful potential. There are a lot of forces pushing us faster and faster to develop these disruptive technologies and it’s very difficult to know in advance what the consequences will be, in terms of community, in terms of relations with people, in terms of politics.”

... In the coming years and decades [according to My. Harari], “we will face individual discrimination, and it might actually be based on a good assessment on who you are…If algorithms employed by a company look up your Facebook profile or DNA, trawl through school and professional records, they could figure out pretty accurately who you are... They [w]on’t discriminate against your being because you’re Jewish or gay, but because you’re you."... [According to Mr. Harari], "the corporations, the engineers, the people in labs naturally focus on the enormous benefits that these technologies might bring us, and it falls to historians, to philosophers and social scientists who think about all of the ways that things could go wrong.”

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