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"Some people worry that artificial intelligence will make us feel inferior, but then, anybody in his right mind should have an inferiority complex every time he looks at a flower"*...

When warning about the dangers of artificial intelligence, many doomsayers cite philosopher Nick Bostrom’s paperclip maximizer thought experiment.

Imagine an artificial intelligence, he says, which decides to amass as many paperclips as possible.

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Which of the following are computer programs?

  • a web browser
  • a slice of toast
  • the Python interpreter
  • calendar app on phone
  • print ‘Hello!’

Damn the tyranny of expectations. I’m supposed to say they all are except for the slice of toast. 16 more words

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We confront many problems. We can try to solve them one by one. But alternatively, we can try to create a generator that produces solutions to multiple problems…We might make progress by directly tackling some random scientific problem.

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Reality Checking AI (2/5) - Intelligence

Before I start, I should point out that I am an expert in neither AI nor computer engineering. My thoughts and opinions are based on my limited understanding as a (somewhat) informed layperson. 1,084 more words


More on Orthogonality

I started considering the implications of predictive processing for orthogonality here. I recently promised to post something new on this topic. This is that post. 1,810 more words

World's top 5 AI thinkers and Why you should follow them

In just the past few years, artificial intelligence (AI) has transformed from a futuristic, sci-fi scenario into an emerging technology that has been embraced by the world’s largest and most powerful corporations – including Google and Facebook. 1,061 more words

Is Our World a Simulation or Even an Interactive Computer Game?

If we are living in a computer simulation, as Nick Bostrom has argued is a possibility, maybe this is not just an ancestor simulation but an interactive computer game. 672 more words

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