How the anti-hedonistic machines can sabotage our instincts
One of the most important applied mathematician in the world explains everything we need to know about algorithms: how they can predict the pandemic behaviour, how they are used in the artificial assistants, how they will change more and more our lives.
It’s midnight, and I’m hungry. I try to open the fridge but it won’t open until breakfast time. My diet is safe, thanks to the new timed lock. This is only one simple example of anti-hedonist machines, but there are many, different in purposes and “punishments” (from benefit denial to a real “punishment” like an electrical shock). Gallina leads us in this fascinating (and a bit terrifying) world. His advice is clear: these machines can really help us, but what is at stake?Paolo Gallina is professor of Robotics at the University of Trieste and is the author of several scientific works. His book L’anima delle macchine (Machine’s soul) has won the Galileo Award for Scientific Dissemination and the National Award for Scientific Literature.