As mentioned in RT, Assange spoke about how controlled by Artificial Intelligences social media threaten the world via video link in the context of Meltdown Festival at London’s Southbank Centre, that was organized by activist and raper M.I.A.
Speaking of Artificial Intelligence’s future, Assange, who was in a panel together with Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek, said that there will be a time when AI will be able to affect human mentality. “Imagine a Daily Mail run by essentially Artificial Intelligence, what does that look like when there’s only the Daily Mail worldwide? That’s what Facebook and Twitter will shift into”, he said.
Assange also talked about how Facebook and Google were related to all the pressure regarding Emmanuel Macron’s winning in France’s presidential elections instead of Le Pen’s. When asked about whether Artificial Intelligence and the technology of Visual Reality could make society more vulnerable and less politicized, Assange replied that ““Yes, of course we can be influenced, but I don’t see that as the main problem. Human beings have always been influenced by sophisticated systems of production, information and experience, [such as the] BBC for example.”
Additionally, Assange noted that the main issue is whether and how Artificial Intelligence could be used for propaganda. “The most important development as far as the fate of human beings are concerned is that we are getting close to the threshold where the traditional propaganda function that is employed by BBC, The Daily Mail, and cultures also, can be encapsulated by AI processes… When you have AI programs harvesting all the search queries and YouTube videos someone uploads it starts to lay out perceptual influence campaigns, twenty to thirty moves ahead. This starts to become totally beneath the level of human perception”
Assange admits that his dystopian predictions might be wrong, but he is still saying that: “I know from our sources deep inside the Silicon Valley institution[s] that they genuinely believe that they are going to produce AI that’s so powerful, relatively soon, that people will have their brains digitized, uploaded to these AIs and live forever in simulation, therefore have eternal life”
“It’s like a religion for atheists,” he adds. “And given you’re in a simulation, why not program the simulation to have endless drug and sex orgy parties around you.”