The revolution will be televised, but on “mute”

Award-winning sf author Cixin Liu (The Three-Body Problem) has published a think piece in the NY Times Turning Points magazine on the rise of robotic systems and artificial intelligence.  His forecast is not a pretty one:

“As A.I. whisks us from place to place … we will look out the windows, as unaware of its plans for us as a poodle on its way to the groomer’s.”

Shades of Jack Williamson’s “With Folded Hands”!  As Mr. Liu predicts, the robot revolution may be a quiet one, punctuated only by cries (or groans) of regret.

It's 9 am. Commence twiddling!

It’s 9 am. Commence twiddling!

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