My guest today is Roman Yampolskiy, computer scientist and AI safety researcher. He is the author of multiple books, including Artificial Superintelligence: A Futuristic Approach. He is also the editor of the forthcoming volume Artificial Intelligence Safety and Security, featuring contributions from many leading AI safety researchers.

We discuss the nature of AI risk, the state of the current research on the topic, and some of the more and less promising lines of research.

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  • I’m an daily listener of NPR on my commute to and from work and I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about the future of robotics and Artificial Intelligence. By the time I got out of the Marine Corps, drones were a regular part of the battle field, and only I seemed to be disturbed by the fact that we were killing people with remote-control airplanes. While at college after the Corps, I kept up with the advancements of DARPA, and watched as we inched our way closer and closer to a world with Terminators controlled by our military and local police forces. Police in Houston, the city in which I now reside, use drones to monitor streets and look for persons of interest. Not only does the city have cameras at nearly every street corner and on tall polls along every major highway, but we now have remote control airplanes and quad-rotors patrolling. My worry comes from logical conclusions that follow from this path in technological advancement, not from being scared of a movie. I wasn’t scared of Jaws in every body of water, just in ones they are known to feed in. Nor am I worried about every machine becoming self-aware, just fact that humans seem destined to create them. Convenience and comfort seems to be the bars that hold us in the jail cell so often, and it seems that this situation is no exception.

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  • I have serious doubts that capitalism can survive the advent of strong artificial intelligence. It is terrifying to think how marginalized the individual will be when mass producible, strong AI dominates the labor market. The resulting mass unemployment would lead to desperation, homelessness, riots, widespread crime, theft, murder, and chaos. The people, sadly, would clamor for more government; and the government would leverage the enormity of the situation to create “convincing” anti-capitalism propaganda.

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  • What does everyone think of the alarmists worrying about massive human unemployment resulting form the rise of artificial intelligences?  Case in point:  C.G.P. Grey.  It seems technology usually improves our lives.

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  • Thoughts?

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  • What is an individual? If an entity is created through some other means than natural reproduction, at what point can we say that entity is an individual?

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