No, says Luciano Floridi. “Being worried about the singularity is being worried about ghosts not sharks.”
This worry is a distraction from some of the challenges that are real. For example we have “replaceable agency”. Automation is going to remove jobs and that will provide real challenges.
Big data and powerful computers will mean we become more predictable – and that impacts our freedom as we are increasingly pushed into behaving in particular ways.
We are also delegating more and more to computers are robots, the more so as we move increasingly into cities.
The big question is: What human project do we want to build on top of this technology What infosphere do we want?
His plea: think deeper, design better and be mindful.