Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

I think that when we look back on our current age we will remark most on how fearful everyone was. To be sure, there are plenty of reasons for fear, what with disease, natural disasters, crime sprees, and all the rest. But I don't think the world was measurably more dangerous when people my age were children and in the habit of being outdoors and at large every day like the feral wildlife that we were. And it's in the light of this new-found fearfulness that I interpret a lot of the worries about artificial intelligence and smart algorithms - the 'caring computers' of the future. When our computers encourage us, praise us, help us, take care of us, we will actually have fewer reasons to fear, not more. At least that's what I think.

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