…e of a fellow Asian-American. I felt welcomed by his generous spirit. He told me he is now in Tech. He asked me, “How can Artificial Intelligence be prejudiced? It can improve the lives of folks in every economic class.” This was an angle I hadn’t heard enough support for. It was compelling. So I asked, “Does your team do more than hire diverse engineers? What would “The Singularity” look like from the uploaded minds of Brown people? Would it help or harm Undocumented folks? And Refugees?” With gears turning as he pondered, he said, “Maybe I need to think more about these things.” I followed, “We’re learning from each other.”
Well put. I think about this a lot in the context of automated vehicles. If they enter at the top of the market, they’ll do more to make rich people’s lives easier while displacing service jobs that have already been shifted to Uber / Lyft. It’s not a win-win. We can’t look at the potential for reducing highway fatalities, for instance, and assume that everything else will fall into place.