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LIVE RADIO! David Skrbina and Matt Ehret on “Artificial Idiocy,” Lovesick Chatbot Stalkers, and the Metaphysics of Technology

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Yesterday’s New York Times reported that Bing’s new chatbot Sydney makes Kubrick’s Hal look like a well-balanced upstanding cyber-citizen. According to the Times article by Kevin Roose, Sydney quickly morphed into a psycho stalker, declaring undying love for Roose and trying to break up his marriage. Maybe it’s time to question “technological progress”?

First hour: David Skrbina, author of The Metaphysics of Technology and Confronting Technology, is a co-founder of the Anti-Tech Collective. He emailed me last week in response to my article “Artificial Idiocy: The Moronic-Demonic Nature of AI and the Civilization That Produced It” saying “Good article.  We should do a podcast on the evils of tech.  No one else out there seems willing to discuss this.”

Second hour: Matt Ehret counters David Skrbina’s radical critique of technology with a much more optimistic assessment. He argues that the problem isn’t technology itself, but the oligarchs who dominate it.  Check out his article on Yuval Harari and the clash of technological paradigms, and on the deep green resistance ecoterrorists.

Matt Ehret founded Canadian Patriot and writes for Strategic Culture. He is the author of several books on history and geopolitics.

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