- Published in issue 5/2019 on page 110
What do we Want with Artificial Intelligence?
“Robots Taking our Jobs." "Smartphones Stealing our Attention." These are just two randomly chosen newspaper headlines about the effect of technology on our lives. In an essay published in 2010 , technology historian Leo Marx says this is a dangerous way of thinking. Robots are not trying to steal our jobs, because robots do not have a will of their own. People make the decisions to replace human employees by cyper-physical systems. Marx says we tend to attribute an independent will to technologies. That carries the risk that we do not sufficiently realise that people are responsible for the impact of technology on society.