We are in the midst of an epochal change which will transform every aspect of our lives irreversibly. According to scholars, technological innovation is accelerating and within thirty years, artificial intelligence – or superintelligence – will have surpassed human intelligence. Some envisage these advances as a threat, with old fears emerging that evoke images of a future dystopia in which humanity lives dazed by technology. Others exalt the enormous possibilities offered by new technologies, which do indeed present numerous advantages in various fields.
To understand the change taking place, it is necessary to confront both viewpoints, encouraging the reflections of both optimists and apocalyptics. If AI were to actually exceed human capabilities, what other roles would be left for human beings? Would it be possible to instill our values in super-intelligent machines to help us improve our quality of life? And if it is true that we check our smartphones at least 150 times a day, perhaps rather than being accused of technology pitfalls, it is necessary to return to confronting the depths of the human psyche and its most profound obsessions and anxieties?
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