Erik Davis. Creative Commons 3.0 photo, source.
Many of you will know writer Erik Davis for his interesting book High Weirdness: Drugs, Esoterica, and Visionary Experience in the Seventies, which offered profiles of Robert Anton Wilson, Philip K. Dick and Terence McKenna; he has written other books and has a Substack newsletter, please see the Wikipedia article for more information.
Davis has now appeared on the latest episode of The Ezra Klein Show, a well-known podcast by the New York Times pundit, to discuss "weirdness" and artificial intelligence. From the show blurb: "We discuss how Silicon Valley’s particularly weird culture has altered the trajectory of A.I. development, why programs like ChatGPT can profoundly unsettle our sense of reality and our own humanity, how the behaviors of A.I. systems reveal far more about humanity than we like to admit, why we might be in a 'sorcerer’s apprentice moment' for artificial intelligence, why we often turn to myth and science fiction to explain technologies whose implications we don’t yet grasp, why A.I. developers are willing to keep designing technologies that they think may destroy humanity and more."
I've linked to one place to listen to the show, but it should show up on your favorite podcasting app.