Acclaimed musician Claire “Grimes” Boucher posted a TikTok video on Wednesday night in which she returned to one of her favorite pastimes: overpromising what artificial intelligence can provide to society.
“I have a proposition for the communists,” she said in the video. “Typically, most of the communists I know are not big fans of AI. But — if you think about it — AI is actually the fastest path to communism.”
Grimes went on to explain that, in her vision of the future, powerful AI would be able to automate away societal challenges like food production, ushering in an era of plenty — a diatribe that invokes the aging meme of “fully automated luxury space communism,” or the idea that automation is poised to bring about an opulent and equitable future for humankind.
It’s worth noting that Grimes, though accomplished in her own right, is also in a relationship with SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, an extraordinarily powerful industry figure who has at least some power to bring Grimes’ ideas to reality.
“If implemented correctly, AI could actually theoretically solve for abundance,” Grimes continued. “Like, we could totally get to a situation where nobody has to work, everybody is provided for with a comfortable state of being, comfortable living.”
It’s a rosy and appealing vision of the future, to be sure: Sitting back and enjoying our time on Earth while robots and AI algorithms handle the hard parts. Unfortunately, at least for now, it’s hard to imagine any algorithm or machine built with the technology of today or even the foreseeable future that would be up to the challenge, as nice as it sounds.
Grimes, who once said that she would like to move to Mars when she’s older even if that meant having to do “manual labor until death,” concluded by saying that AI could theoretically provide the best parts of communism but without forced labor on a collective farm.
“‘Cause let’s be real,” she said, “enforced farming is really not a vibe.”
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