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MANY PEOPLE FORGOT he was a Russian spy. They enjoyed his coffee. They said, “How do you make it so...?” They sipped and grinned at him and he poured and offered around biscuits, which many people found so astonishing they dreamed about them. “Those biscuits,” they mumbled to themselves in the mornings, deciding to ask him for the recipe, wanting to be there always, in his living room, where everything was best. Many people forgot he was a Russian spy. They enjoyed his conversation, he was so funny, and he had read every book they had read and every book they wanted to read but couldn’t get hold of. They said, “How did you find ...?” And he smiled and passed around more coffee, biscuits, promising he would source it for them. When they were alone, sometimes one of them would say, “But isn’t he...?” And another would immediately jump in with an anecdote, or talk about how they’d been experimenting with the biscuit recipe. “I’m nearly there,” they said, “it almost tastes like...” When the Russian spy was found not to be a spy at all, and not even to have been Russian, many people were – although they would not say so – disappointed. That he was not who he never said he had been but who they thought he was and tried to forget but never truly did, this was a letdown. His soirees began to thin, no matter coffee, biscuits. They began to dream of other things, of swings and cross-country chariot-races, of cats that stood on their legs and spoke. They lost their taste for novelty, returned to the foods of their childhoods. “We do love these,” they said to each other, passing around the hot dogs at their outdoor barbecues. Many people wondered, though, while eating burgers, laughing and talking politics, who was that person who passed them a napkin, who was that woman standing in the corner they’d known for twenty years, who was that man at the grill who had always lived next door? * --- “So Many People” was awarded 1st place in the 2018 Flash Fiction Contest of synaesthesiamagazine.com. Tania Hershman is co-author of Writing Short Stories: A Writers’ & Artists’ Companion (Bloomsbury, 2014) and curator of ShortStops (www.shortstops.info). Tania’s third story collection, Some Of Us Glow More Than Others ( Unthank Books) and debut poetry collection, Terms & Conditions (Nine Arches Press) were published in 2017. taniahershman.com
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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE is already here, but it didn’t show up as we all expected. by Amy Webb
IT is the quiet backbone of our financial systems, the power grid, and the retail supply chain. It is the invisible infrastructure that directs us through traffic, finds the right meaning in our mistyped words, and determines what we should buy, watch, listen to, and read. It is technology upon which our future is being built because it intersects with every aspect of our lives: health and medicine, housing, agriculture, transportation, sports, and even love, sex, and death. AI isn’t a tech trend, a buzzword, or a temporary distraction— it is the third era of computing. We are in the midst of significant transformation, not unlike the generationwho lived through the Industrial Revolution. At the beginning, no one recognized the transition they were in because the change happened gradually, relative to their lifespans. By the end, the world looked different: Great Britain and the United States had become the world’s two dominant powers, with enough industrial, military, and political
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capital to shape the course of the next century. Everyone is debating AI and what it will mean for our futures ad nauseam. You’re already familiar with the usual arguments: the robots are coming to take our jobs, the robots will upend the economy, the robots will end up killing humans. Substitute “machine” for “robot,” and we’re cycling back to the same debates people had 200 years ago. It’s natural to think about the impact of new technology on our jobs and our ability to earn money, since we’ve seen disruption across so many industries. It’s understandable that when thinking about AI, our minds inevitably wander to HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey , WOPR from War Games , Skynet from The Terminator , Rosie from The Jetsons , Delores from Westworld , or anyof the other hundreds of anthropomorphized AIs from popular culture. If you’re not working directly inside of the AI ecosystem, the future seems either fantastical or frightening, and for all the wrong reasons. Those who aren’t steeped in the day-to- day research and development of AI can’t see signals clearly, which is why public debate about AI references the robot overlords you’ve seen in recent movies. Or it reflects a kind of manic, unbridled optimism. The lack of nuance is one part of AI’s genesis problem: some dramatically overestimate the applicability of AI, while others argue it will become an unstoppable weapon. I know this because I’ve spent much of the past decade researching AI and meeting with people and organizations both inside and outside of the AI ecosystem. I’ve advised a wide variety of companies at the epicenter of artificial intelligence, which include Microsoft and IBM. I’ve met with and advised stakeholders on the outside: venture capitalists and private equity managers, leaders within the Department of Defense and State Department, and various lawmakers who think regulation is the only way forward. I’ve also had hundreds of meetings with academic researchers and technologists working directly in the
trenches. Rarely do those working directly in AI share the extreme apocalyptic or utopian visions of the future we tend to hear about in the news. That’s because, like researchers in other areas of science, those actually building the future of AI want to temper expectations. Achieving huge milestones takes patience, time, money, and resilience—this is something we repeatedly forget. They are slogging away, working bit by bit on wildly complicated problems, sometimes making very little progress. These people are smart, worldly, and, in my experience, compassionate and thoughtful. Overwhelmingly, they work at nine tech giants—Google, Amazon, Apple, IBM, Microsoft, and Facebook in the United States and Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent in China—that are building AI in order to usher in a better, brighter future for us all. I firmly believe that the leaders of these nine companies are driven by a profound sense of altruism and a desire to serve the greater good: they clearly see the potential of AI to improve health care and longevity, to solve our impending climate issues, and to lift millions of people out of poverty. We are already seeing the positive and tangible benefits of their work across all industries and everyday life. The problem is that external forces pressuring the nine big tech giants—and by extension, those working inside the ecosystem—are conspiring against their best intentions for our futures. There’s a lot of blame to pass around. In the US, relentless market demands and unrealistic expectations for new products and services have made long-term planning impossible. We expect Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and IBM to make bold new AI product announcements at their annual conferences, as though R&D breakthroughs can be scheduled. If these companies don’t present us with shinier products than the previous year, we talk about them as if they’re failures. Or we question whether AI is over. Or we
question their leadership. Not once have we given these companies a few years to hunker down and work without requiring them to dazzle us at regular intervals. God forbid one of these companies decides not to make any official announcements for a few months—we assume that their silence implies a skunkworks project that will invariably upset us. The US government has no grand strategy for AI nor for our longer-term futures. So in place of coordinated national strategies to build organizational capacity inside the government, to build and strengthen our international alliances, and to prepare our military for the future of warfare, the United States has subjugated AI to the revolving door of politics. Instead of funding basic research into AI, the federal government has effectively outsourced R&D to the commercial sector and the whims of Wall Street. Rather than treating AI as an opportunity for new job creation and growth, American lawmakers see only widespread technological unemployment. In turn they blame US tech giants, when they could invite these companies to participate in the uppermost levels of strategic planning (such as it exists) within the government. Our AI pioneers have no choice but to constantly compete with each other for a trusted, direct connection with you, me, our schools, our hospitals, our cities, and our businesses. In the United States, we suffer from a tragic lack of foresight. We operate with a “nowist” mindset, planning for the next fewyears of our lives more than any other timeframe. Nowist thinking champions short-term technological achievements, but it absolves us from taking responsibility for how technology might evolve and for the next-order implications and outcomes of our actions. We too easily forget that what we do in the present could have serious consequences in the future. Is it any wonder, therefore, that we’ve effectively outsourced the future development of AI to six publicly traded companies whose achievements are remarkable but whose
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financial interests do not always align with what’s best for our individual liberties, our communities, and our democratic ideals? Meanwhile, in China, AI’s developmental track is tethered to the grand ambitions of government. China is quickly laying the groundwork to become the world’s unchallenged AI hegemon. In July 2017, the Chinese government unveiled its Next Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Plan to become the global
idealistic visions of the future. But I’m a pragmatist. We all know that even the best-intentioned people can inadvertently cause great harm. Within technology, and especially when it comes to AI, we must con- tinually remember to plan for both intended use and unintended misuse. This is especially important today and for the foreseeable fu- ture, as AI intersects with everything: the global economy, the workforce, agriculture, transportation, banking, environmental mon-
What happens to society when we transfer power to a system built by a small group of people that is designed to make decisions for everyone? What happens when those decisions are biased toward market forces or an ambitious political party? The answer is reflected in the future opportunities we have, the ways in which we are denied access, the social conventions within our societies, the rules by which our economies operate, and even the way we relate to other people.
The problem is that external forces pressuring the nine BIG TECH GIANTS are conspiring against their best intentions for our futures. There’s a lot of blame to pass around.
leader in AI by the year 2030 with a domestic industry worth at least $150 billion, which involved devoting part of its sovereign wealth fund to new labs and startups, as well as new schools launching specifically to train China’s next generation of AI talent. In October of that same year, China’s President Xi Jinping explained his plans for AI and big data during a detailed speech to thousands of party officials. AI, he said, would help China transition into one of the most advanced economies in the world. Already, China’s economy is 30 times larger than it was just three decades ago. Baidu, Tencent, and Alibaba may be publicly traded giants, but typical of all large Chinese companies, they must bend to the will of Beijing. The future of AI is currently moving along two developmental tracks that are often at odds with what’s best for humanity. China’s AI push is part of a coordinated attempt to create a new world order led by President Xi, while market forces and consumerism are the primary drivers in America. This dichotomy is a serious blind spot for us all. Resolving it is the crux of our looming AI problem. The Big Nine companies may be after the same noble goals—cracking the code of machine intelligence to build systems capable of humanlike thought—but the eventual outcome of that work could irrevocably harm humanity. Fundamentally, I believe that AI is a positive force, one that will elevate the next generations of humankind and help us to achieve ourmost
itoring, education, the military, and national security. This is why if AI stays on its current developmental tracks in the United States and China, the year 2069 could look vastly differ- ent than it does in the year 2019. As the struc- tures and systems that govern society come to rely on AI, we will find that decisions be- ing made on our behalf make perfect sense to machines—just not to us. Wehumansarerapidlylosingourawareness just as machines are waking up. We’ve started to pass some major milestones in the technical and geopolitical development of AI, yet with every new advancement, AI becomes more invisible to us. The ways in which our data is being mined and refined is less obvious, while our ability to understand how autonomous systems make decisions grows less transparent. We have, therefore, a chasm in understanding of howAI is impacting daily life in the present, one growing exponentially as we move years and decades into the future. Shrinking that distance as much as possible through a critique of the developmental track that AI is currently on is my mission for this book. My goal is to democratize the conversations about artificial intelligence and make you smarter about what’s ahead—and to make the real-world future implications of AI tangible and relevant to you personally, before it’s too late. Humanity is facing an existential crisis in a very literal sense, because no one is addressing a simple question that has been fundamental to AI since its very inception:
Every person alive today can play a critical role in the future of artificial intelligence. The decisions we make about AI now—even the seemingly small ones— will forever change the course of human history. As the machines awaken, we may realize that in spite of our hopes and altruistic ambitions, our AI systems turned out to be catastrophically bad for humanity. But they don’t have to be. The Big Nine aren’t the villains in this story. In fact, they are our best hope for the future. Turn the page. We can’t sit around waiting for whatever might come next. AI is already here. * –– Amy Webb is a professor of strategic foresight at the NYU Stern School of Business and the Founder of the Future Today Institute, a leading foresight and strategy firm. Named by Forbes as one of the five women changing the world, Webb was named to the Thinkers50 Radar list of the 30 management thinkers most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led and won the 2017 Thinkers50 Radar Award. She is the tech columnist and a contributing editor at Inc. Magazine , where she writes about the future of technology and business. Her TED Talk has been viewed more than seven million times and she was a featured speaker at the 2019 SXSW conference. You can see the video and learn more about her at her website: amywebb.io
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T here is a knock at the door. “We’re ready for you.” I slip into my pointy high heels, position my Juliette hat, grab my gloves, pull at my girdle and open my dressing room door. A production assistant is stationed outside, waiting to escort me to the set. I have been on hundreds of sets, wearing all manner of clothes, over my long and varied career, but today is different. Today I am stepping onto the set of The Weissman’s apartment, the home of the titular character Midge Maisel in the series, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” I too am Mrs. Maisel, not the Marvelous one of the title, but Mrs. Maisel nonetheless. From the moment I set foot inside their apartment, I am not only going to work, I am also going back in time. Everywhere I look, there are signs of my own childhood triggering memories. Today we are shooting a scene where the two families are having a dinner together in honor of the Jewish holidays. I grew up a nice Jewish girl in the late fifties, sitting around this exact same holiday table year after year for the breaking of the fast after our Yom Kippur services. The director calls action and Shirley begins her relentless questioning of whether the table flowers are real–“they are so beautiful they don’t seem real.” And now I am back riding with my mother to pick up the centerpieces for our holiday table. The flowers are glorious, arranged in the heirloom vases
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that my mother had dropped off at the florist earlier in the week. Our Zelda is Gladys, she is black not white, and instead of light fare to reintroduce our digestive systems to food after twenty-four hours of fasting, we dive right in to Gladys’ fried chicken, collard greens and a Jell-O mold with cherries and nuts. We were twice a year Southern Jews, certainly not devoted temple goers and no one fasted as I remember except between lunch and dinner. But I loved those holidays. Growing up, the High Holy Days were a chance to wear your very best. That meant a new dress for me and my sister and, in my mother’s case, her full-length mink came
out of storage. I remember the day my father brought home that coat. It was mythic. As my mother modeled it, I whispered to my father, “Can we afford that?” In my seven-year-old mind, a mink coat was on par with owning a castle or a private plane. He wisely replied, “We can pay for it, but that’s different than affording it.” Of course I had no idea of what hemeant until later when I became the poster child for living above my means, buying and paying for things I could in no way afford. When I put on that full-length mink Shirley wore as part of her summer wardrobe in the Catskills, I go back and feel my face buried in my mother’s mink as I sat next to her in WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM 47
temple on Yom Kippur. For some reason the Jewish holidays are never on time. All I heard growing up was “the holidays are so early this year,” or, “the holidays are so late this year.” But whenever they arrived, even after I was long gone living my grown up life, I always wanted to make my way home to be at that table. And now that table is gone so I am grateful to be sitting here at this fictional family’s break- fast, revisiting my unusual childhood and remembering my extraordinary mother. I was raised in Richmond, Virginia, the Capital of the Confederacy, the home of The Daughters of the American Revolution, the Antebellum South. My mother was born in Macon, Georgia and grew up in Selma, Alabama, a true
but not to fully integrate lives. Generous from a distance was a beginning, but not nearly enough for my mother. The Richmond of the 1960s was a divided city. Broad Street, the main thoroughfare downtown, had two sides. The black side was lined with pawnshops, cheap clothing stores and the bus station. The white side had wide striped awnings and shiny washed windows and nicer stores. It was the safer side, the more comfortable side, the side of the street that even seemed cooler on humid summer days. This was our side. One Saturday my mother dressed us up for a trip downtown. My sister and I in crinoline dresses with white gloves and my little brother in short dress pants with suspenders. A trip downtown
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daughter of the South. She made her way up north to attend Goucher College, at age fourteen, and her destiny presented itself on a blind date with my father. He was ten years her senior, a Lebanese Jew, a war hero, who had settled in Richmond by way of Curaçao. They fell in love, settled in Richmond and raised their three children there. The South of my childhood was segregated, separate water fountains and separate bathrooms. Lawns, impeccably manicured, where white crosses were often burned. Conspicuous wealth was considered crass and good manners were the ultimate sign of class. Jews, few in number, were a little more welcome, only because one could not identify them on sight. However, Jews, like blacks, were forbidden to live in the best residential neighborhoods and kept out of country clubs. When I got married in 1980, my mother had to ask a friend to pick up our wedding cake. She had ordered it from the best pastry chef in Richmond, who happened to work at The Country Club of Virginia. The club was restricted and no Jews or blacks could enter the property. My mother, like all women of her generation in the ‘50s, raised children, played cards and did volunteer work. But she was frustrated by the narrow boundaries of being a housewife. She fed herself with
education, earning two masters degrees and even enrolled at TC Williams School of Law at The University of Richmond as the lone woman. She was a lawyer, minus the passing of the bar exam, when her sheltered life exploded with the sudden death of my father. She was thirty-eight years old and left to raise three young children alone. My father died in July and that September my mother began her new life. She had to go to work, but despite all her education there were no jobs for a woman, a Jewish woman, a woman alone. The only exception was Virginia Union University, an all black institution on the wrong side of town. She was the only white person on campus. Her first day on campus she walked by a poster that said, “work hard, study hard, or they will call you boy the rest of your life.” She knew she was the “they,” but growing up as a dark haired Jewish girl in the thirties and forties in the Deep South, she understood. She too knew the pain of being the ultimate outsider. Within a couple of years she was promoted from associate professor of sociology to Vice-President and began to raise funds from the Jewish community to support programs to expand the university. The Jewish community came through in one way. They were willing to write a check
usually meant a special day of shopping rounded out with hot chocolate and cookies at The Miller and Rhodes tea room. But this Saturday was special in a newway. Mymother led us to the black side of the street to take a walk. As she guided us, people stopped talking andmade way for us to pass. I stopped breathing until we reached the other side. She wanted her children to know what it felt like to be stared at and pointed at and made to feel uncomfortable and unwanted in your own city. You cannot just write a check, you have to take a walk in someone else shoes to really understand another life. I often said I was raised by a woman who was a cross between Amanda Wingfield and Emma Goldman. Virginia Union may have been the beginning of her career as a civil rights activist, but her passion for justice began long before. One day in Selma, when she was eight, she saw a white policeman savagely beat a little black boy for drinking out of the white water fountain. She begged him to stop and when he didn’t, she jumped on his back and bit him. The beating stopped but my mother was arrested and hauled off to the local police station. My grandfather had to bail her out. This was the beginning of her life’s pursuit to unite divided communities. The race riots of the 1960s brought about white flight to the suburbs. Downtown became desolate and
CAROLINE AARON is a professional actress who is well known to theatre, film and television audiences. She made her Broadway debut in Robert Altman’s Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean and later appeared in the film. The following season, she starred in the Jose Quintero/Jason Robards’ revival of The Iceman Cometh . She next starred in Mike Nichols’s Broadway smash comedy Social Security . Mr. Nichols directed her on film in Heartburn, Working Girl, Primary Colors , and What Planet Are You From? She returned to Broadway starring in I Hate Hamlet . Caroline headlined the West coast premiere of Wendy Wasserstein’s The Sisters Rosensweig and was honored with both a Helen Hayes and Dramalogue Award. Her latest Broadway outing was in Woody Allen’s comedy Honeymoon Hotel . On film, Caroline is a frequent collaborator with Woody Allen. She played his sister in Crimes and Misdemeanors and Deconstructing Harry and worked with Mr. Allen in Alice, Bullets Over Broadway and Husbands and Wives . She has appeared in over a hundred films, including Hello, My Name is Doris, 21 & 22 Jump Street, Beyond The Sea, Just Like Heaven, Nancy Drew, Sleepless in Seattle, Edward Scissorhands, Anywhere But Here, The Big Night , and Bounce among others. Her television work includes Madame Secretary, The Good Fight, The Millers, Broke Girls, Sex and The City, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Transparent , and Episodes among others. Currently, she plays Shirley Maisel on the hit television series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Her first play, “Such A Pretty Face,” has been optioned and will open Off- Broadway in the fall of 2019. Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice , all the CSI’s , all the Law & Orders , Two
decayed. My mother got busy and convinced the city of Richmond to allocate money to revitalize the area. With funds in hand, collaborating with black community leaders, they created street festivals, opened theaters, and brought live music to Richmond’s abandoned downtown. Merchants were seduced with tax breaks to open up again in the area. The plan worked, and blacks and whites, young and old, came together to
have fun. In her words, “There is no room for territorial imperatives. Cooperation, inclusion and where appropriate, joint efforts are theorder of the times.Wemust seekamore humane environment where diverse people productively come together to live, work and recreate.” The Big Gig was inaugurated, a music festival which attracted fifty thousand people annually, and Friday Cheers, a free weekly concert for the price of a beer. Local artists were showcased and there was a free New Years celebration in Festival Park. Blacks and whites coming together to dance and eat and celebrate, finding out everyone had more in common than what divided them. Despite the skeptics, there was no violence, the combustion of these two groups never ignited in anything except applause. There was still a lot of work to do but she felt things were changing. She helped elect the first black governor of Virginia, Doug Wilder. Children no longer sing Dixie to the Confederate flag in public schools anymore. Class elections cannot be held on Jewish holidays, as they once were, no matter how small the Jewish enrollment is. I asked her once what had been the most defining part of her life and she said being a Southern woman. Her starched dresses, white gloves and mandatory “yes ma’ams and no sirs” may have defined her, but the six-pointed star she wore around her neck is what guided her. When she died, Festival Park was renamed in her honor, The Nina F. Abady Festival Park, and she was named one of the hundred most important Southerners of the millennium. She defied all expectations of a ‘50smother so I didn’t have a stayat homemom like all of my friends. I had a working mother, a mother who was never the chaperone on school trips or the president of the PTA. But what I did have was an example of passion and permission to pursue my dreams. In her will, after her list of bequests, my mother wrote this to her children: “I hope that I leave you something much more valuable than things. I hope I have left you the talent to be dissatisfied with the world you see and the skepticism to mistrust the answers you hear. I hope I have left you a moral capacity to feel pain–where others may be hardened to it; to give love–where others may be stingy with it; to make change where
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others may be frightened of it; to find joy– where others may be blind to it; to respect and cherish–where others may be ashamed of it. All of my other bequests mean little.” I doubt that ShirleyMaisel andmy mother would have ever sat around the same card table, but they come together in me, sitting down with the Weissmans and Maisels whenever the director calls action. *
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