Artificial Intelligence arrived just as people became stupid.
We were able to develop Artificial Intelligence so successfully, because we neglected our Social Intelligence so completely.
What do I mean by Social Intelligence? What do I mean by Social Stupidity? I mean Political Stupidity, which has reached epidemic proportions.
Democracies are everywhere – and everywhere they have failed. Because mass communication (especially TV) has made mass control possible. This is a simplistic explanation, I know – but it will do for a start.
I have experienced TV’s power on myself, and others – and have seen how this massive influence is not noticed by its viewers. But used by advertisers everywhere – who are clearly in control.
Mass Communication has produced Mass Stupidity. And Artificial Intelligence.
Because of the Computer – an entirely different technology – but most people think – it just another TV. Made to entertain them.
The Computer, and its networks, has produced huge amounts of data – and AI is used sift through this data – figure out what is really going on – and redirect people’s attention, to make them behave properly.
It is not used to make them smarter – it could be, but it is not.
This is the tragedy of our times.