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    Today, most people tend to think about AI in the context of a Master-Slave relationship.

    The thing that has really shaped my thinking about sci-fi for the last few years has been the realization that pretty much all traditional sci-fi is “What if something that happened in the past happened again but in the future? And it hurt white people?”

    • Stories about space colonization are stories about Western colonization. War of the Worlds explicitly states in the text that it’s a metaphor for what if white people got invaded from Mars like non-Europeans did.
    • The pitch for Star Trek explicitly states that it’s “Wagon Train to the Stars”, that is, a Western story but in the future.
    • Stories about giant computers that run the whole world are stories about capitalism which is already a giant financial computer that runs the whole world.
    • The word “robot” as we all know is Czech for “slave” and stories about robots are generally stories about coming to terms with the fact that slaves are human beings who have the same natural rights as whites.

    Now that AI has reached a new level of usefulness, it’s probably worth going back and getting new metaphors, because the old ones were more about sublimating our feelings about modernity. That was useful to people in the 20th century, but we’re facing a different reality today.

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      Comparing AI to any animal seems apt since even a tamed horse can kick you in the face. You can still be friends with a horse. With a microbiome it seems more fitting for a computer however, since a microbiome doesn’t actually understand what it is like to have emotions and a living body. Fun article.

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        A bit verbose, i find myself just reading the first sentence of every paragraph. As a ML researcher deep into the details however it find this to be an interesting hands-off perspective.