Bob van Luijt: “What do you mean, digital technology is starting to influence the physical world?!”

“What do you mean, digital technology is starting to influence the physical world?!” A friend asked, “You mean that we will have chips in things like mugs, cars, and cows making them all some kind of Internet of Things device?”

Nope, not really, that’s not it, I replied.

“Please tell me you are not talking about that super-evil-AI-that-will-control-us-without-us-knowing it, that thing that will turn us into paperclips, the thing that Elon Musk is so afraid of.”
Well, I said, the premise is not that it will turn us into paperclips, and, he does have a point, but, no. That’s not what I mean either.
What I mean to say is that the way we stack bricks to build buildings, the way we grow our food to feed ourselves, the way we create entertainment, the way we construct the physical world around us, will change because of digital technology while not necessarily through digital technology.

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