“We’re using the phrase artificial intelligence increasingly, but there’s very little intelligence in what’s happening. It’s just learning. And there are many issues still be faced in learning itself.”
David Nutt was fired by the UK government when he was chief drugs adviser for saying that ecstasy, LSD and cannabis were less harmful than alcohol and tobacco, an argument he had made based on statistics. He had previously courted controversy when, in a similar vein, he had argued that you were statistically more likely to die riding a horse than taking ecstasy.
In this video, Nutt calls for more public understanding of drugs issues, including rolling out a programme of education about narcotics for those aged between five and 20 years old.