Did we learn nothing from Arthur C. Clarke’s 1968 sci-fi epic, 2001: A Space Odyssey? In the film, astronauts on a mission to Jupiter discover that the HAL 9000 artificial intelligence computer that controls and automates all functions on the spacecraft starts seriously glitching. The astronauts get worried, HAL gets paranoid — yada, yada, yada — HAL kills everyone on the ship.
The moral of the story is that when lives depend on fully automated systems, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on those systems anyway. (And if that’s not the moral of the story, it should have been.)
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