AI is Far More Dangerous Than You Think

Murat Durmus (CEO @AISOMA_AG)
2 min readMay 22, 2024
AI is Far More Dangerous Than You Think — Murat Durmus (Image generated and edited with DALL-E)

As Nietzsche once proclaimed,

He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster.

Here, the beast is not just an external threat but an internal change to our social and moral fabric.

The danger of artificial intelligence lies in its potential to outperform humans in their tasks and its insidious ability to reshape our values and diminish our humanity. Consider, for example, Marshall McLuhan’s profound observation:

We shape our tools, and thereafter our tools shape us.

With AI, we create a mirror that reflects our intellect and deepest prejudices, fears, and desires.

The danger lies not only in its potential autonomy but also in the dependency it creates on us. As we increasingly hand over decision-making to algorithms, we risk losing touch with the fundamental human experiences of uncertainty, error, and moral ambiguity — experiences that define our ethical landscape and drive our creative impulses. Sartre might argue,

Man is condemned to be free.

Still, in our eagerness to shift the burden of freedom onto machines, we might paradoxically condemn ourselves to a different kind of servitude: one thatis sterile and devoid of authentic human engagement.

While the fear of a rogue AI overlord may captivate the imagination, the more profound, less obvious danger lies in how AI is altering human nature. If we are not watchful, we could find ourselves in a future where to quote T.S. Eliot, we have ‘the greatest power, and the greatest weariness,’ having bartered our souls for the illusion of progress.



Murat Durmus (CEO @AISOMA_AG)

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