[ExI] Wired article on AI risk

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Mon May 21 20:43:06 UTC 2012

On Mon, May 21, 2012 at 10:56:11AM -0700, Dan wrote:
> On Monday, May 21, 2012 5:31 AM Aleksei Riikonen <aleksei at iki.fi> wrote:
> > This recent Wired article on AI risk was rather ok:
> >
> > http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2012-05/17/the-dangers-of-an-ai-smarter-than-us
> I wonder if we could look back 50, 100, 150, and 200 years ago, what most intelligent people would think the biggest existential risks were to humanity -- and if the current fears will last 50, 100, etc. years into the future. And also it would be interesting to consider whether worrying and "doing something" about those fears amounted to anything positive.

Malthus, first addressed by Liebig and then Haber-Bosch?
(Apart from the comet scares, which were obviously bogus
to anyone borderline scientifically literate, back then).

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