I came across this piece, and thought I would share. 90% of the time when asked about my research, somebody will ask me when robots are going to take over the world. However, I’ve never managed to respond in as good a way as Steven Pinker does here in this video. It’s only 2 1/2 minutes long, and is quite thought provoking. Worth a watch:
I think he gives a great spin on the idea that AI and robots will take over the world, linking it with male desires for domination. However, I take slight issue with him asserting that no woman has ever had genocidal tendencies. After all, there are a few women who have been convicted of some of the worst crimes ever committed. See this great blog over at IntLawGrrls discussing the crimes of Biljana Plavšić, Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, and Ieng Thirith. However, it would be impossible to include lots of nuanced discussion in a 2 1/2 minute video, and Pinker still makes lots of good points. So I hope you found it interesting.
Until next time!