October 16, 2016

Artificial Intelligence Natives

Last week, Casey Newton wrote about Roman, an AI bot created by Eugenia and her team to memorialize their deceased friend. The piece ignited many thoughts and conversations I’ve had on this topic… 🤖

My parents are “digital immigrants”, born before the widespread adoption of digital technology. 👨🏻👩🏼

I grew up with computers and the internet, shaping my world view and relationships. I’m considered a “digital native”. 👶🏼

Technology often brings us together but it has also spread generations apart. Try calling a millennial on the phone. 📞😖

Soon, future generations will be born into an AI world. Kids will form real, intimate relationships with artificial beings. 👦🏽💕🤖

And in many cases, these replicants will be better than real people. They’ll be smarter, kinder, more interesting. 🤗

Will “AI natives” seek human relationships? Will they have sex? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

It might seem strange or even immoral to many but is a life lived with AI a bad thing? 🤔

P.S. If the above looks familiar, here’s why.

P.P.S. Ironically, I found this on Product Hunt this morning. Turn yourself into a bot.

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