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Is AI a Master or Slave?

Now that humanity is stepping over the AI threshold, we must take seriously the possibility that our development from a human civilization into a machine one will culminate in the removal of the human element altogether. Strange as it seems to us now, the other crises we have created make this outcome more likely.

BERLIN – We are living through eventful – one might even say “wild” – times, with history being made at a fast and furious pace. Why is this happening now? Because three great transformational crises have befallen humanity all at once. Each of today’s geopolitical, climatic, and digital transformations would pose enough of a challenge on its own, but we are experiencing them simultaneously. An unprecedented global mega-crisis is threatening to overwhelm our political and cultural systems’ capacities for adaptation or maintaining control.