A.I. isn't the existential threat. The hubris of tech leaders is.

Some short time after the 2016 election, I had a conversation with a friend about the impact of social media on Trump’s win. I was wrestling with the role of what I thought was an inherently neutral marketplace of ideas in promoting Trump, the larger issues of Russian propaganda and interference in the election, and the general problem of abuse.

“We can’t put too much faith in technology,” my friend said. “Technology is more like magic than science.”

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