AI and Lossy Bottlenecks – Schneier on Security

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Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to revolutionize society by removing human limitations in various systems. One significant limitation that AI can address is the bottlenecks in decision-making processes. Traditionally, people have had to simplify complex choices into a limited number of options, which often do not fully align with their desires. AI has the capability to overcome these “lossy bottlenecks,” as described by AI researcher Tantum Collins and a public-interest technology scholar.

Imagine being able to have a detailed conversation with a chef at a restaurant to customize your meal, similar to what you could do when cooking at home or at a friend’s house. This level of personalized interaction is currently limited due to logistical constraints in restaurants, creating a lossy bottleneck in the dining experience. However, AI technology has the potential to address this limitation, enabling complex customization at scale and low cost.

AI has the potential to extend beyond the dining experience and transform various industries such as labor markets, apparel, and software. For example, AI systems could assess job candidates based on detailed information about their abilities, rather than traditional qualifications like grades and certifications. Similarly, AI could personalize clothing designs and interfaces in software based on individual preferences and needs.

One of the most transformative applications of AI is in the realm of politics and democracy. Traditional voting systems often force voters to narrow down their diverse views into a limited number of options. However, AI systems could capture the nuanced political preferences of individuals and advocate for specific policies on their behalf, leading to policies that better align with voters’ wishes.

While the potential benefits of AI in eliminating bottlenecks in decision-making processes are significant, there are also privacy concerns and the need to ensure human deliberation in democratic processes. Nonetheless, as AI technology continues to advance, it has the potential to revolutionize decision-making processes across various domains, freeing people from the constraints that have long hindered large-scale human decision-making.

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