How AI Outsmarted the Superbugs (for now)

How artificial intelligence outsmarted the superbugs

Anyone interested in technology and society should read Melvin Kranzberg’s Six Laws of Technology, the first of which says that “technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral”.

Here’s an interesting look at how AI outsmarted antibiotic resistant bacteria (for now).

The saloon-bar version of this is that “technology is both good and bad; it all depends on how it’s used” – a tactic that tech evangelists regularly deploy as a way of stopping the conversation. So a better way of using Kranzberg’s law is to ask a simple Latin question: Cui bono? – who benefits from any proposed or hyped technology? And, by implication, who loses?


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