When A.I. Serves As A Mafia Capo

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What happens when crime scales, exponentially; thanks to artificial intelligence? Welcome to the world when A.I. serves as a Mafia Capo.

Continuing our discussion from last week’s episode on humanizing virtual assistants, the next step is for those virtual assistants to act on our behalf; or on their own.

Right now, as Marc Goodman writes in his book about the future of crime Future Crimes, A.I. has acted as an accomplice to murder; the question is how far away are we from a future where A.I. makes decisions on its own.

It’s very much a sci-fi future, one where A.I. takes the reigns and begins utilizing our own technology against us. Thus we must be prepared to ask what happens when A.I. turns to a life of crime. How much money laundering, identity theft, or tax fraud might A.I. commit?

In the video below Marc Goodman talks about some of the main ideas in his book, the important bit being that everything with a connection is hackable; which lays the groundwork for when A.I. is smart enough to act on its own.

The bottom line: Crime scales exponentially when everything has a connection and A.I. starts learning by itself.

And that is what we discuss on this episode. Below are some questions that guided our discussion:

  • How far away are we from such a future?
  • Can we stop it? How?
  • What is the best case scenario?
  • What are you worried about the most?

Anyway, listen to our conversation below and let us know what you think on Twitter @jorgebarba and @adrianpedrin.

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Intro audio is by Arturo Arriaga, outro audio is Candyland by Guy J.