A Robot is a Thing

You often hear people say: "The Robots Are Coming", or "AI is destructing millions of jobs" or "We cannot stop the development of new technology". Although there might be some truth in the latter opinion, the other's are not only wrong, they are dangerous.

Robots, AI, algorithms are things. They are commodities. Intelligent to a small degree, yes. But they are not superhuman, and certainly not something we should subordinate ourselves to. We - or more precisely humans - decide what systems and forms of intelligence we will allow in our societies and workplaces. If a system is destructive beyond our wishes, if an algorithm is bias and its outcomes discriminative and unfair, we must stop it, or change it.