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  1. Dec 2020
    1. Thus, just as humans built buildings and bridges before there was civil engineering, humans are proceeding with the building of societal-scale, inference-and-decision-making systems that involve machines, humans and the environment. Just as early buildings and bridges sometimes fell to the ground — in unforeseen ways and with tragic consequences — many of our early societal-scale inference-and-decision-making systems are already exposing serious conceptual flaws.

      Analogous to the collapse of early bridges and building, before the maturation of civil engineering, our early society-scale inference-and-decision-making systems break down, exposing serious conceptual flaws.