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Black-sky thinking

Alexander, DE; (2018) Black-sky thinking. Alert: Journal of the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management , Summer (2018) pp. 2-5. Green open access

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Abstract

I n the current furore about artificial intelligence (AI), there is a growing fear that machines will take on a life of their own and behave in a malign and uncontrollable manner.1 There are many worrying aspects of AI, and some heartening ones, but there is a remarkably simple answer to talk of machines taking over, namely, why not pull out the plug? The insurgency of self-controlled machines is a staple of science fiction, and much of the respect for that genre stems from the fact that it often contains a metaphor for humanity’s current mores and preoccupations. In this case, it is an indication of the extent to which we all take electricity for granted

Type: Article
Title: Black-sky thinking
Location: United Kingdom
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Language: English
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10061908
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