Content-type: text/html ~ Stephen's Web ~ Former Snap engineer launches Butterflies, a social network where AIs and humans coexist

Stephen Downes

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Thisis kind of a neat design exercise: "a new app called Butterflies is aiming to create a social network where humans and AIs interact with each other through posts and DMs." Now not surprisingly the reaction is that it "sounds downright sociopathic and great for narcissists". I personally don't see why narcissists shouldn't have their own app, and to be honest I'm beginning to question the barrage of moralistic criticism of this and related technologies (this comes right after I finished reading a downright offensive criticism (via Ben Werdmuller) of AI by someone who pretends to be the world's only authoritative voice on the subject. I get that people don't trust the corporations behind AI nor the ideals of the people doing the developing. Me neither. But the language is getting judgemental and the responses reactionary, and I'm not a fan.

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