The robot apocalypse—and you!

Episode 360 of the Cyberlaw Podcast

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Our interview is with Kevin Roose, author of Futureproof: 9 Rules for Humans in the Age of Automation. Kevin debunks most of the comforting stories we use to anaesthetize ourselves to the danger that artificial intelligence and digitization pose to our jobs. Luckily, he also offers some practical and very personal ideas for how to avoid being caught in the oncoming robot apocalypse.

 In the news roundup, Dmitri Alperovich and I take a few moments to honor Dan Kaminsky, an extraordinary internet security and even more extraordinarily decent man. He died too young, at 42, as Nicole Perlroth demonstrates in one of her career-best articles. 

 Maury Shenk and Mark MacCarthy lay out the EU's plan to charge Apple with anti-competitive behaviour in running its app store. Under regulation-friendly EU competition law, rather than the more austere US version, it sure looks as though Apple is going to have trouble escaping unscathed. 

 Mark and I duke it out over Gov. DeSantis's Florida bill on content moderation reform. We agree that it will be challenged as a violation of the First Amendment and as preempted by federal section 230. Mark thinks it will fail that test. I don't, especially if the challenge ends up in the Supreme Court, where Justice Thomas at least has already put out the "Welcome" mat.  

 Dmitri and I puzzle over the statement by top White House cyber official Anne Neuberger that the US reprisals against Russia are so far not enough to deter further cyberattacks.  We decide it's a "Kinsley gaffe" – where a top official inadvertently utters an inconvenient truth.

 This Week in Information Operations: Maury explains that China may be hyping America's racial tensions not as a tactic to divide us but simply because it's an irresistible comeback to US criticisms or Chinese treatment of ethnic minorities. And Dmitri explains why we shouldn't be surprised at Russia's integrated use of hacking and propaganda. The real question is why the US has been so bad at the same work.

 In shorter pieces:

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  1. How jarring it must be for genuine libertarians to observe that an authoritarian right-winger has become a regular, official contributor at reason.com.

    1. Has become? Baker has been around with the same statist shtick since VC had it’s own website.

  2. Humans will have to end high school. It wastes the top performance years of humans on babysitting to keep superior beings from competing with the inferior clients of the lawyer, and to maintain more rent seeking jobs for teachers’ unions.

    Humans will have to CRISPR talent, not intelligence. Machines are 100 times better than living beings at any task, that will soon include being a boyfriend.

    All systems have to have a Big Red Off Button, for example, the navigation system that dove 2 Dreamliners into the ground.

  3. ” Mark and I duke it out over Gov. DeSantis’s Florida bill on content moderation reform. We agree that it will be challenged as a violation of the First Amendment and as preempted by federal section 230. Mark thinks it will fail that test. I don’t, especially if the challenge ends up in the Supreme Court, where Justice Thomas at least has already put out the “Welcome” mat. ”

    Unless they’re going to overturn Citizens United, I see no possible way that a social media platform can be forced to host content from a candidate without running afoul of the Freedom of Association guarantees of the first amendment.

    (Also, the definition of “social media platform” in the law includes basically any website operated by any company with at least $100M in revenue or with at least 100M global users, even if only one of them is in Florida. I’d hope that the CDA would preempt something like this because otherwise it makes it impossible to actually do business on the Internet.)

    1. Are you trying to rain on clinger dreams?

    2. They’ll block service to IP addresses that are in Florida, and add “I assert that I am not a citizen of Florida” to the terms of service, and block service to anyone who won’t check the box.

  4. Who will need a job anyway with GBI and free childcare, healthcare, housing, and weed that Team Blue is demanding? You will be able to stay at home in your underwear and finger paint all day.

    1. If that’s the best use of your talents…

  5. Are machines becoming more like people …. or are people becoming more like machines?

    1. The Turing test is based on a human’s inability to distinguish between the two.

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