Chapter 2-About AI


Technology companies have historically been wide- eyed and idealistic about the opportunities that their innovations create. And for the overwhelming part, the arc of history shows that these advances, including the Internet and mobile devices, have created opportunities and dramatically improved the quality of life for billions of people. However, there are very legitimate and pertinent issues being raised, across the globe, about the implications and impacts of these advances. This is an important discussion to have. While I am optimistic about the potential to bring technology to bear on the greatest problems in the world, we are on a path that we must tread with deep responsibility, care, and humility. That is Alphabet’s goal. Serge Brin, Founders Letter Alphabet April 2018


This book makes one central assumption:

AI will develop at some moment in time to such a level that every task humans can do, also can be done by AI at the same or at a higher level.

Regarding this assumption:

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