December 19, 2013

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Our Final Invention? I tend to be more a Kurzweilian optimist, but there is this:

At the end of our interview, I asked Barrat what I thought was a joke. I know you’ve got a grim view of what may lie ahead, I said, but does that mean you’re buying property for your family on a desert island just in case?

“I don’t want to really scare you,” he said, after half a chuckle. “But it was alarming how many people I talked to who are highly placed people in AI who have retreats that are sort of ‘bug out’ houses” to which they could flee if it all hits the fan.

That’s for a darker, James Miller view. Here’s my interview with Miller. Says Miller about strong AIs: “I think the default path is that they treat us horribly.”

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