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AI may present a different kind of revolution

Summary: Arizona State University’s Center on the Future of War professor’s new novel on artificial intelligence sheds insight into a maybe not-so-bright future

Original author and publication date: Arizona State University – May 28, 2020

Futurizonte Editor’s Note: Will robots and AI lead us to a new paradise or to an apocalyptic cataclysm? We will soon find out.

“Burn-In” by P. W. Singer and August Cole.

From the article:

Want to know what a future with robots and artificial intelligence looks like? Let’s just say that if the “2001: A Space Odyssey” author Arthur C. Clarke were still alive, he might be stunned — or perhaps even a little frightened — by today’s challenges.

“We are seeing a change in the human role relative to our machines,” said Peter W. Singer, co-author of the new book “Burn-In: A Novel of the Real Robotic Revolution” and one of the world’s leading experts on 21st-century security issues. “We’ve seen AI disrupt everything from finance to medicine, and we’re only at the start of this.”

Singer presented a virtual talk on May 27 as part of his work this year with ASU’s Center on the Future of War, a partnership between the university and New America, a Washington-based think tank.

“We’re at the space where the cutting edge of hardware and software are crashing together … the trends towards automation, AI and robotics were already there before the coronavirus but all data points to them now being drastically accelerated by it.”

Co-authored with August Cole, “Burn-In” is a techno-thriller about cyber terrorism and a fact-based tour of tomorrow. While it is a novel, Singer (who goes by the pen name of P. W. Singer) said it’s also a work of nonfiction culled from his years of research on AI, robotics, terrorism and the military.

“Peter Singer is one of the most original and significant thought leaders on national and international security issues. He also has the uncanny ability to write books about subjects just before everyone else realizes their importance, from child soldiers to private military contractors to the weaponization of social media,” said Daniel Rothenberg, a professor of practice in the School of Politics and Global Studies who co-directs ASU’s Center on the Future of War. “Now, he has written a techno-thriller about robotics and artificial intelligence which draws attention to very real threats policymakers and the public need to take seriously.”

Singer said big tech offers a utopian view of our future, but “Burn-In” explores the dystopian outcomes of the rapidly expanding influence of artificial intelligence, robots and related technologies in the military and greater society. And now, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, he sees a rapid acceleration of automation, remote work, machines replacing people and other changes in a variety of fields.

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