Man or Machine

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Derek Bambauer, a professor at the University of Arizona‘s law school, studied people’s preferences between decisions being made for them by other humans or machines.

I was surprised by how sensible people’s preferences were. When one was better than the other, they preferred the better one.

When the stakes were very high they preferred humans. I am inferring that on high-stakes issues, they are more hesitant to believe claims about the machines. I may be wrong that about that.

While there can be some concern about the representativeness of his sample (Mechanical Turk users), the idea of finding a population anywhere that is sensible on any issue is a cause for celebration.

Perhaps there is hope for humanity after all.

Or perhaps I am reading too much into the results.

Full text for “Worse Than Human?” is available for those that want to check whether I have cause for enthusiasm.

Written by Russell Brand

Entrepreneur in residence at Founder Institute, he has mentored, performed due diligence on and invested in numerous early stage companies. Hundreds of these early stage companies have described Russell’s insights and advice as the most useful thing in the history of their companies. He has always had an inborn ability to find more valuable uses of new ideas and faster ways to achieve results.

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