Artificial intelligence could one day make us feel awkward

Psychologist Alex Gillespie asks what will happen when artificial intelligence leads machines to start forming their own opinions.

World-changing ideas summit

Most of us feel at least a pang of guilt after snacking on a decadent treat between meals, but what if every time you opened your fridge it judged you?

This is exactly the sort of scenario that Alex Gillespie, a psychologist at the London School of Economics, is exploring.  As artificial intelligence becomes more sophisticated and begins to pervade everyday life, he believes we need to begin rethinking our relationship with technology.

Rather than being a tool that we use to work, play and entertain ourselves, machines may at some point begin to form opinions for themselves, explains Gillespie in the video above, recorded at BBC Future’s World-Changing Ideas Summit on 15 November. For him, the big question is how we will react when they do – will we start to react to technology in the same way we do to other people?

In a world where the number of likes we get on social media already carries currency for many people, Gillespie wants to know what will happen if we start caring what AI thinks about us too.

Read more: The real risks of artificial intelligence

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