Contemplating the impact of AI on society is a fascinating exercise, even though no one can predict the future with certainty.
Capitalism has served us well so far, but it may be time for a new economic system. I believe we are transitioning from an economy driven by materialism and greed to one focused on creativity and exploration, or in other words, humanity.
Economic systems evolve alongside human development and technological advancements. Capitalism has thrived in the wake of the industrial and information revolutions, but it may not be compatible with the rise of AI. Artificial intelligence threatens to eliminate countless “bullshit jobs,” as David Graeber calls them, and this is just the beginning.
However, there is a silver lining. AI has the potential to usher in a new era of creativity and exploration. Imagine a world where everyone’s intelligence is augmented by AI assistants, and people are free to pursue their passions in art, music, science, and more. In this world, our basic needs are met by AI and robots, leaving us to focus on creation and sharing our work with others.
Of course, some may choose to immerse themselves in games or other pursuits, but the overall emphasis would be on a more compassionate and selfless society. This new world could be sustainable for thousands of years, provided that intelligent and responsible leaders guide us through the challenges that lie ahead.
The question remains: how do we get there? The transition from our current state to this utopian vision will be fraught with obstacles. We may face war, population decline, or other catastrophes along the way. Alternatively, AI could force the issue and accelerate the transformation, though this would not be without its own risks.
The worst-case scenario is that we never reach this post-AI world. Instead, we might amplify our existing greed and selfishness with AI, or even destroy ourselves with nuclear weapons or uncontrolled superintelligence.
In summary, we stand at a crossroads between our current state, the potential of AI, the promise of a post-AI world centered on creativity and humanity, and the unknown challenges that lie between. As we enter this uncharted territory, it is crucial that we make wise decisions and hope for a bit of luck along the way.