AI Will Enslave Us All

The Singularity Institute is having their Singularity Summit next weekend in NYC. I learned about this from the Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe show where SI President Michael Vassar was interviewed.

I’m really not sure what to think about the SI. They seem to exist in some no-man’s-land between kookiness and practical planning for the future. Dr Novella of the SGU tried to get Vassar to explain how we can expect to allow for AI tech to recursively self-improve without constraint and at the same time be reasonably sure they won’t turn on us and use humans for batteries.I’m not sure that Vassar explained that very well. He seemed to be jumping back and forth between different semantical games – that creating AI so that it couldn’t follow a certain path once it begins to improve itself isn’t really constraining it. But then again it’s probably more likely that I’m just too dumb to get it.

The interview portion of the show linked to above starts at about 26 minutes in.

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2 Responses to “AI Will Enslave Us All”

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    […] it has a purpose, the uncanny valley is probably something we sense so that we can identify the inevitable robot uprising and subsequent enslavement before they go all Blade Runner on us. The danger of the Blade Runner scenario is that the robots […]

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    […] know I’ve done my whole fearmongering about Artificial Intelligence thing before, but this time I REALLY MEAN IT WE’RE ALL FUCKED AND ARE GONNA DIE OMG WTF […]

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