In an interview with Kara Swisher that raised eyebrows for another reason, Hillary Clinton made some interesting remarks when questioned about her views on Artificial Intelligence (AI). While flippantly declaring that she is not most worried about robots that will come and kill us, she did explain her biggest concern about AI, and that she feels it should be everyone’s biggest concern. Is this something that both left and right can find some semblance of unity on?
First, she explained how China’s enormous surveillance state is underpinned by AI. She then touched on how China is utilizing a new “social score” to rate citizens, and that what they are found doing on camera by this AI-backed surveillance system is helping to determine whether to raise or lower their score. She then made this astonishing point: “I worry about the coercive control that governments will have over our lives.” She goes on to explain how we have all been freely giving our most valuable commodity, our personal data, mainly to businesses, but that it is just a tiny step from those businesses into government hands. She further worries about the control governments will be able to exert using our data to feed an AI system. In her China example, the government there may catch a citizen on camera doing something good, and raise his social score, or catch another citizen doing something bad, and lower her social score accordingly. This sort of control alarms Clinton, by her own admission.
I have to say that I wholeheartedly agree, that this use of AI is extremely alarming. My astonishment is that Clinton said that it worries her, and did not seem to have an ounce of irony or sarcasm in her statement. In fact, she was speaking to a friendly moderator, in a room full of friendly faces, so she also had no apparent reason to have been lying or pandering. I’m genuinely flummoxed by this. Why? Because the Progressive playbook is to coerce us into moving toward their preferred agenda, in much the same way that Clinton is purportedly concerned about government using AI to move us in a certain direction.
For example, Cass Sunstein, the former Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Obama administration for three years, co-wrote a book called Nudge. From the summary: “But by knowing how people think, we can use sensible ‘choice architecture’ to nudge people toward the best decisions for ourselves, our families, and our society, without restricting our freedom of choice.” Isn’t this almost exactly what Clinton is talking about? Progressives have been wanting to get a single-payer healthcare system in the U.S. for many years. One of them even admitted that Obamacare was just a way to move the system inexorably toward that end goal.
So my question to Mrs. Clinton is, how is it any different, or more worrisome, if government uses AI to manipulate and coerce us than it is for Progressives of your ilk to do so? From my standpoint, I really don’t get it. But, if you are sincerely abandoning the Progressive tactic to manipulate and coerce citizens to your way of thinking because you suddenly find it as alarming as the entire Right side of the country does, I’m sure you would find plenty from our side who would agree with you, and this is one thing that we could all come together on. I just don’t find you sincere at all.