The millenarian harms race
Is there a risk that the bottom might be falling out of the apocalypse market?
The adviser on artificial intelligence (AI) to the British prime minister, Rishi Sunak, says the world has about two years to prevent AI from threatening the human race.
Almost every day, it seems, experts are making bone-chilling predictions about the imminent threat to humanity from AI. Godfrey Hinton, the computer scientist who is considered to be the Dr Frankenstein to this monster, warned weeks ago about his own creation:
These things could get more intelligent than us and could decide to take over, and we need to worry now about how we prevent that happening.
Last month, more than 350 executives and researchers from the world’s biggest AI laboratories issued a joint statement that
mitigating the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority.
Scientists at the Future of Life organisation wrote in an open letter:
AI systems with human-competitive intelligence can pose profound risks to society and humanity.
Yet almost every day, it seems, experts are making bone-chilling predictions about the imminent threat to humanity from climate change.
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