The Great AI Paradox

Don’t worry about supersmart AI eliminating all the jobs. That’s just a distraction from the problems even relatively dumb computers are causing.

Max Tegmark, a Physics professor at MIT, stands behind the Schrödinger equation for quantum mechanics (top) and Einstein’s general theory of relativity ( bottom) at his office in MIT — Josh Reynolds for The Washington Post via Getty Images

By Brian Bergstein

You’ve probably heard versions of each of the following ideas.

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