In the early 20th century, anything Princeton staff represented related to computing and the simulation of human thought was assumed to be flawless. In the late 20th century, it was MIT's AI lab that was trusted to define what was feasible and what were the next steps. Is Google the new source of legitimacy in AI pronouncements? Because of the connection between that corporation and the daily life of people on earth, has that publication honor that was given to the primary AI centers of research in the 20th century reached a level in the early 21st century that rivals deity?
It sometimes seems that, when people don't understand something in a paper with the word Google anywhere in the authorship block, it is automatically assumed that the reader is wrong because the paper is of universal authority. They seem to jump to the assumption that their mind must adjust to whatever the paper states. Is this equivalent to religious scripture?
Carl Jung wrote,
Contemporary man is blind to the fact that, with all his rationality and efficiency, he is possessed by "powers" that are beyond his control. His gods and demons have not disappeared at all; they have merely got new names.
This is an AI StackExchange, so the proposal in this question is that perhaps the same brain machinery has been used for the following things
- An ancient Egyptian gathering with others to worship the sun god Re
- Casiodoris using the resources of the Roman Empire to send holy scripture out on horseback to the far reaches of the empire to save it from the invading barbarian hordes
- AI researchers finding some unassailable source of truth in a university or a multinational corporation
Is Carl Jung correct, and, if so, is this human need to find legitimacy in an institution now manifesting in the AI community's absolute trust in a corporation that automated the 18th century library card catalog and built that automaton into a large multinational corporation?
Lastly, if both those questions can be answered in the affirmative, what risks can exist when the human mind treats a university or a corporation as a god from an economic or social risk management perspective?