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Is superintelligence the idea that eats smart people?


I go on about AI a lot. Specifically, I go on about superintelligent AI. I believe we’re likely to create a form of advanced general intelligence at some point in the future that’ll have the capability to end life as we know it, and the inclination to do so unless we’re both exceedingly diligent and exceedingly lucky.

It’s an embarrassing belief to hold, because it sounds alarmist and absurd. It also threatens to overshadow valid concerns about prioritising short-term issues to do with sophisticated narrow AI systems, such as those triggering an automated arms race or threatening the reliability of video evidence.

Nevertheless, I can’t resist taking a poke at this article. Several people have presented it in the comments as a damning counterargument against AI safety concerns I’ve raised, despite most of it being absolute rubbish!

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Matt Cox

Former Staff Writer

Once the leader of Rock Paper Shotgun's Youth Contingent, Matt is an expert in multiplayer games, deckbuilders and battle royales. He occasionally pops back into the Treehouse to write some news for us from time to time, but he mostly spends his days teaching small children how to speak different languages in warmer climates.