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The State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism, the historian Deborah Lipstadt, says the prejudice is coming “from all ends of the political spectrum, and in between.” It threatens not only Jews, she says, but the stability of democracies. Lipstadt and David Remnick discuss how antisemitic sentiments may overlap in complicated ways with political opposition to Israel, including anti-Zionism. Plus, The New Yorker’s ideas editor speaks with Geoffrey Hinton, the computer scientist known as the godfather of A.I. Hinton pioneered neural networks, the artificial brains that power ChatGPT, for example. Hinton is now sounding the alarm that the technology is or will soon be smarter than humans, and has the potential to make goals for itself that may not align with the goals we want for it.
A Rise in Antisemitism, at Home and Abroad
Ambassador Deborah Lipstadt talks about antisemitism “from all ends of the political spectrum, and in between.” It threatens not only Jews, she says, but the stability of democracies.
Geoffrey Hinton: “It’s Far Too Late” to Stop Artificial Intelligence
The so-called godfather of A.I. believes we need to put constraints on the technology so it won’t free itself from human control. But he’s not sure whether that’s possible.
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