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Robots 'n' Rationalists

Chivers down your spine

It's been a while since we had a chat about robots. And by robots I really mean superintelligent AI, and the way your average AI researcher believes there's a 90% chance humanity will have built an artificial general intelligence by 2075. There are some really good reasons to be concerned about that, even though most normal people think this is sci-fi crap that shouldn't be taken seriously.

Last week I finished reading a book about the people who, like me, do take this sci-fi crap seriously. They call themselves Rationalists, and the book's called "The AI Does Not Hate You: Superintelligence, Rationality and the Race to Save the World". It's written by largely sympathetic outsider Tom Chivers, rather than 'one of them'. I think you should read it too, as long as these paragraphs haven't already made you do a big snort. Though probably especially if they have.

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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.