In this episode, former EconTalk guests and writers Gut feelingGerd Gigerenzer joins host Russ Roberts to talk about his latest book, How to Stay Smart in a Smart World: Why Human Intelligence Still Beats Algorithms. Whether scared or excited about the impact and potential of AI, we think you’ll find this talk fascinating.
What aspects of AI concern you the most? What claim do you doubt? As always, we’d love to hear what you think and hope these questions inspire you to share your thoughts with us.
1- Cancer treatment and investment are two areas with numerous variables and uncertainties. What else comes to mind that supports the “common sense bit AI” argument?
2- EconTalk listeners are familiar with a favorite quote by Russ Roberts, ‘We are story-telling, pattern-seeking creatures.’ How Gigerenzer argues that AI can turn on these human tendencies against us?
3- What do you think about the coffee house analogy of online platforms? Which part rings truest to you—the free coffee, the sellers as customers, or the products we sell? How much should you/we monitor?
4- PISA scores indicate that 90% of 15-year-olds, who are digital natives, do not know how to tell information from fake. Gigerenzer suggests that students should be trained to test about us tab, but most Stanford undergrads don’t know this lateral reading technique. Do you believe that this vulnerable literacy deficit and inability to identify trusted sources is unique to this age group? Explained.
5- Advanced problem solving skills and knowledge of statistics can reverse the negative error culture prevalent in corporations and individuals today. What other educational investments are needed to prepare students to make complex decisions in a world of uncertainty?