If there’s anything more terrifying than artificial intelligence being used by an authoritarian state to control it’s citizens, it’s probably this: AI being used to optimize breeding and living conditions for cockroaches. Yes, it’s true. In China, a pharmaceutical company breeds cockroaches—in fact, currently 6,000,000,000 cockroaches. There are so many that the company says if they were released all at once, it would cause a catastrophe.
So why are they doing this? (Skip if you have a sensitive stomach.) Because 40 million people in China drink a potion that calls for crushed cockroaches.
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