The f(x)=e^x | how to escape the AI dystopia

Dr Mark van Rijmenam, CSP
3 min readSep 14, 2023

The f(x) = e^x | September 14, 2023 — Vol. 230

Claude 2’s joke of the week:

Why did the AI become a dystopian ruler? Because it wanted to go from neural ‘net’ to ‘net worth,’ but got caught in its own web of deceit!

Escape the AI Dystopia: Master Digital Awareness for a Better Future

My latest article:

As we transition from the era of social media to an age dominated by AI, metaverse, and quantum computing, the urgency for digital awareness becomes acute.

Risks are amplifying: polarisation, misinformation, and manipulation are escalating to unprecedented levels. These technologies aren’t neutral; they’re optimised for the benefit of a select few, often at the cost of society.

To navigate this complex landscape, a triad approach is vital — education to raise global digital literacy, verification methods to discern real from fake, and regulation to hold Big Tech accountable.

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Useful Nuggets of Information

My weekly tips from around the web to get you thinking.

1. AI lawlessness abounds globally 🌏

Despite AI’s meteoric rise, few nations have robust laws to regulate thinking machines. With chatbots and computer vision proliferating rapidly, countries face pressure to translate ambitious policy proposals into binding rules before unintended harms emerge. For now, an AI regulation void persists worldwide. (The Washington Post)

2. Navigating the hazy future of Human-AI collaboration

Businesses are betting big on AI to automate work, but the exact impacts are impossible to predict. Instead of planning layoffs, leaders should focus on enabling human-AI collaboration. Use strategic foresight to identify AI risks and opportunities early, upskill workers to leverage AI as a multiplier, and invest in scenario planning. The future workforce will evolve with, not be replaced by, intelligent machines. (HBR)

3. Avatar pop star sparks virtual music revolution.

Teenage virtual influencer Noonoouri just landed a major record deal, becoming the first AI-generated artist with a unique synthetic singing voice. As virtual idols like Noonoouri gain acceptance among young fans, the music industry faces disruption from AI performers who won’t make diva demands. While it may be fun for now, this is not the right approach. The more AI hits we get, all trained on the same music, the more flat our music becomes. (Forbes)

4. The industrial metaverse gets real with a bit of AI magic 🪄

The enterprise metaverse is moving past hype into practical uses like digital twins and immersive training. With AI generating detailed virtual environments and avatars, engineers can now collaborate across distances to solve problems. The industrial metaverse shows promise, but effectively delivering information to workers still needs to be improved. (Computer Weekly)

AI surpasses human champions in FPV drone racing.

In a landmark achievement, an AI system has outperformed top human contenders in First Person View (FPV) drone racing. Utilising only embedded technology like cameras, inertial sensors, and onboard processing, the system leveraged cutting-edge advances in machine vision. (Ars Technica)

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Dr Mark van Rijmenam, CSP

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