I just listened to the "potemkin AI" episode of the This Machine Kills podcast. Nice to hear some critical tech discourse, really enjoyed it. Particularly references to the mechanical turk, lots to unpack. Looking forward to checking out more.
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I find it really interesting to look at big tech from the perspective of smoke and mirrors; the need to appear more advanced than we are to project a larger tech dystopia onto our world than the one we already exist in. I've found the concept fascinating ever since reading "Living Dolls" by Gaby Wood.

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