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  1. The New York Times CompanyEzra Klein3/12/239 min
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    • coriander
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      11 months ago

      Super important questions here. A few highlights for me:

      There is a natural pace to human deliberation. A lot breaks when we are denied the luxury of time.

      The challenges of having time for deliberation and organizing global coordination … issues for both climate and AI.

      The “thinking,” for lack of a better word, is utterly inhuman, but we have trained it to present as deeply human.

      Would you work on a technology you thought had a 10 percent chance of wiping out humanity?

      How many other times in history could a similar question have been asked, and was it asked, I wonder?

      • thorgalle
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        11 months ago

        How many other times in history could a similar question have been asked, and was it asked, I wonder?

        Good observation! I guess with nuclear weapons, and anything else that might feature as a the origin of a zombie story: biomedical accidents, ecosystem pollution, ... In a way, working on any carbon-emitting technology has some % chance of wiping out humanity!

        While (increasingly) powerful, I still think that both the opportunity and potential damage of AI systems depends on where we put them in the driver's seat. I hope we can "accelerate adaptation" by making those decisions wisely, and setting up frameworks to continually evaluate systems where they might pose risks.