Amsterdam, 11 November 2020 - Recently, cabaret artist Arjen Lubach called on the social media giants to take action with regard to 'the mythical trap'. Is democratic decision-making burdened by streams of fake news, alternative facts and other post-truth perils? If so, who will fix it? In the midst of a pandemic, and with national elections looming, much is at stake. Together with the Council for Public Administration, we assess in De Balie the state of truth-finding and democracy in the digitized public sphere. In a triptych, we take a critical look at the influence of digitization on our democracy.
Here you can read more about Artificial Intelligence (AI), the artificial intelligence that continues to improve itself with Big Data, algorithms and Machine Learning. Key questions about AI are: how long does it take until AI is just as smart as us? How much infinitely smarter than us can AI become? How do we prevent AI from replacing us? What role do we give AI in our society? Can an AI decide independently to end a man's life in a war situation? One of the greatest dangers cited by people such as Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and the late Professor Stephen Hawkings is that AI, without realizing it, becomes smarter than humans, and an infinite factor passes over it. All the protections that we devised can be overwritten by an infinitely smarter intelligence. Proponents say that such intelligence can create the solution for everything: end to diseases, space travel and even eternal life.