People are, overall, pretty smart. But computers? They’re much, much smarter. Thankfully, they answer to us — for now. But what if computers were suddenly able to make their own decisions, and humans were no longer in control? This episode of Futurestalgia prepares you for the rise of artificial intelligence — and it might not be pretty.
Futurestalgia is a Fusion original web series that combines our nostalgia for the big ideas of the past and our interest in the real science of the future. In every episode, we’ll look back at an awesome future-tech object from pop culture, imagine a world where it exists, and then reveal, using hard science, why we don’t have it yet. See previous episodes of Futurestalgia here.