Smart Ideas: Artificial Intelligence and the Next Industrial Revolution

Peter Sa­vod­nik, writ­ing for Van­ity Fair Un­like in dec­ades past, when the Amer­ic­an Left of­ten apo­lo­gized for So­viet com­mun­ism, in 2016 it was Re­pub­lic­ans that offered the Rus­si­ans “the best op­por­tun­ity for sub­ver­sion. … The fault lines in Amer­ica have shif­ted. Those most sus­cept­ible to ex­tern­al pro­gram­ming are no longer Li­onel Trilling’s Ar­thur and Nancy Croom—fash­ion­able, urbane, pro­gress­ive, well spoken, well traveled—but angry, dis­placed former as­sembly-line work­ers in Young­stown and Ma­comb County who be­lieve their Amer­ica has been stolen from them by cos­mo­pol­it­ans in New York, D.C., and Sil­ic­on Val­ley.” And like many polit­ic­al is­sues of 2016, this has something to do with race: “While Europe has em­braced so­cial­ists and Muslims, among oth­er groups, Rus­sia ap­pears a fi­nal re­doubt of white pride. … Trump thinks, like many of his sup­port­ers…

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