[ExI] Hofstadter now fears AI

Keith Henson hkeithhenson at gmail.com
Fri Jul 7 02:12:40 UTC 2023

I know Hofstadter and Eliezer slightly, I fix Hofstedte's Wikipedia
page for him when it departs intolerably from reality, and followed
Eiizers shock level 4 mailing list when most of the paper clip
arguments were going on.  The earliest version of "The Clinic Seed''
is posted there.

There is a lot of spread in how people think about AI.

At a Zoom meeting with some tech folks today someone who is working on
it talked about the combining of GPT-4 with Mathematica. Seems to be a
remarkable engineering tool. Ghod knows we need it with all the
problems facing us.

Also turns out that the combination does a remarkable job of educating
people on math.

Some time ago I mentioned that China was being left in the dust
regarding the government (CCP) coming down hard on AI.

The Washington Post has come to much the same conclusions.



On Thu, Jul 6, 2023 at 5:32 PM BillK via extropy-chat
<extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
> “AI is about to eclipse humans”, predicts a leading academic
> 04/07/2023
> <https://nationworldnews.com/ai-is-about-to-eclipse-humans-predicts-a-leading-academic/>
> Quotes:
> 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
> interview.
> He says that his faith has been shaken by what he describes as a
> traumatic experience, believing that humans will soon be eclipsed by
> machines.
> --------------------
> The relevant 8 minutes of the video interview is here:
> <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfXxzAVtdpU&t=1763s>
> -------------
> It sounds like he is now agreeing with Eliezer.
> BillK
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