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Stephen Downes

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"Relying on tech companies to govern their own AI development carves a path toward societal collapse by repeating mistakes made in past development of the web and social media," writes Lina Srivastava. So what's the alternative? "Supporting cooperative, collective, and collaborative structures." While I have a lot of sympathy for cooperatives and collectives, though, if we consider AI to be "a public utility" then I'm not going to be comfortable leaving it in private hands, even the more generally capable hands of a cooperative. Even as a co-op, Srivastava argues that AI governance requires strong regulatory oversight, a rights-based framework, public education, public discourse, shared ownership, democratic control, and collaboration. That's exactly what government provides. If it's not a public utility, though, we can leave it in private hands, even with the caveats Srivastava proposes, but with the additional proviso that it not replace government functions or public utilities.

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