“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispenable.”—Dwight D. Eisenhower
Hover Text: [10 years later] Man, why are people so comfortable handing Google and Facebook control over our nuclear weapons?
People generally don’t do long term planning well. As a society and as a species we really suck at it.
At some point, it’s probably inevitable that we will create a truly artificial intelligent machine.1 This too may be the result of poor planning. On the other hand, giving control of our nuclear weapons to an AI capable of true long-term planning might be the best thing we could do.