Brave new world

Author: | Published: 17 Oct 2018

"I tried to convince people to slow down AI, to regulate AI; this was futile. I tried for years, nobody listened." On a recent Joe Rogan podcast, Elon Musk hit the headlines for a few reasons, but more pertinent were his warnings about artificial intelligence (AI), which have largely escaped media attention. This underlines the ignorance surrounding AI, an issue that is yet to grab the public's attention, and one that will not become a political issue until it affects a politician's chances of electoral success.

It is easy to be sceptical about the dangers of AI and Musk's fears. Fantasied by Hollywood for so long, it seems like the anxiety comes from...