“When I was a boy, everyone knew robots were going to kill us,” Kris Hammond told attendees at Northwestern Political Union’s panel on the Ethics and Regulation of Artificial Intelligence. Hammond is a computer science professor at Northwestern specializing in AI research and who filled the role of moderator for the evening. “Now we know they’re going to kill us in interesting and new ways.”
Chris Hughes, who helped Mark Zuckerberg launch Facebook out of his Harvard dorm room in 2004, is calling for the social network’s breakup — but antitrust experts think the odds of that happening are as long as MySpace’s chances of once again becoming the world’s most popular networking site.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), one of the most vocal critics of the big tech Masters of the Universe in the U.S. Senate, delivered a speech at the Hoover Institution last weekend highlighting the dangers posed by social media business models to American society.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) thinks Silicon Valley is bad for economic and societal growth — and he wants Congress to do something about it. “There is something deeply troubling — even wrong — about social media companies,” he said at a tech event hosted by the Hoover Institution on May 2. “Is Silicon Valley the best our best minds can offer?”
Facebook banned Alex Jones, Paul Joseph Watson, and other “controversial” personalities from its platforms on Thursday. This move and similar actions by big tech contradicts its deep love for net neutrality. “Net neutrality is the idea that the internet should be free and open for everyone,” Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said in 2017.