Lundgren, Björn | 2020
In: Aging between Participation and Simulation, Eds: Joschka Haltaufderheide, Johanna Hovemann and Jochen Vollmann, p: 223–234, Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110677485-014
In 2017, Tom Gruber held a TED talk, in which he presented a vision of improving and enhancing humanity with AI technology. Specifically, Gruber suggested that an AI-improved personal memory (APM) would benefit people by improving their “mental gain”, making us more creative, improving our “social grace”, enabling us to do “science on our own data about what makes us feel good and stay healthy”, and, for people suffering from dementia, it “could make a difference between a life of isolation and a life of dignity and connection”.
In this paper, Gruber’s idea will be critically assessed. Firstly, it will be argued that most of his pro-arguments for the APM are questionable. Secondly, the APM will also be criticized for other reasons, including the risks and affects to the users’ and other’s privacy and the users’ autonomy.