[ExI] Hofstadter now fears AI

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Fri Jul 7 00:29:23 UTC 2023

“AI is about to eclipse humans”, predicts a leading academic


Douglas Hofstadter has been a strong advocate of separating the terms
intelligence and artificial intelligence over the years, not
considering that technologies based on machine learning and other
models are not worthy of being considered as intelligent as humans. So
far, when systems like ChatGPT have sabotaged the plans of this
academic He is “terrified” by the future of these powerful AI models.

“Very soon, it’s quite possible that they (ChatGPT and other AIs) will
be smarter than us, much smarter than us,” Hofstadter said in an

He says that his faith has been shaken by what he describes as a
traumatic experience, believing that humans will soon be eclipsed by

The relevant 8 minutes of the video interview is here:

It sounds like he is now agreeing with Eliezer.


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