What Worry Warts Elon Musk and Geoffrey Hinton May Be Missing About AI

If the universe was malevolent and immoral, we wouldn’t even be here. So far, only humans have shown the capacity to be destructive with a purpose, so why assume superintelligence will be worse?

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Part 1: Man Created God In His Own Image
Part 2: Anxiety in the Face of the AI Revolution
Part 3: Expanding The Definition of Consciousness: Purposeful Communication

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And you still see no opportunity?

Geoffrey Hinton is worried, Elon Musk agrees. What’s the solution? (What’s always the “solution?”)

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