Future Shocks 2019 – Affective Fallacy

What if machines could hack our deepest emotions? Chen Qiufan’s story conjures up a world of “AI villages” where feelings are meticulously categorized and fed into a giant database. What does it mean to experience love and intimacy when our feelings are mediated by algorithms?

As the world becomes more complex and interconnected, incremental change is giving way to the instability of feedback loops, threshold effects and cascading disruptions. Sudden and dramatic breakdowns—future shocks—become more likely. In partnership with Zurich, the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report presents 10 potential future shocks. Some are more speculative than others; some build on risks that have already begun to crystallize. These are not predictions. They are food for thought and action—what are the possible future shocks that could fundamentally disrupt or destabilize your world, and what can you do to prevent them? In the attached report, Chen Qiufan’s story conjures up a world of “AI villages” where feelings are meticulously categorized and fed into a giant database. What does it mean to experience love and intimacy when our feelings are mediated by algorithms? Access more Future Shocks in the Global Risks Report 2019

Source: The Global Risks Report 2019, World Economic Forum – in partnership with Zurich Insurance Group

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