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News Flash (Part 2)


Human history is filled with impressive, undeniable achievements. But there is a dark side to our nature. The existential threat we represent not only to ourselves but to the planet itself only grows as we continue to evolve. For a heart-stopping reminder, see investigative journalist and 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist Annie Jacobson’s book “Nuclear War: A Scenario.” Hint: Get a prescription for Ambien before reading if you ever want to sleep again.

When asked for possible explanations for why the SETI project has failed to turn up any signs of intelligent life, I remember reading a quote—I believe from MIT professor Max Tegmark’s book on AI—that goes something like this: “It’s possible that the nature of intelligent life is to destroy itself…”

So, I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s at least pondered the idea that AGI may actually SAVE humanity, not destroy it.

We’re more than capable of handling the destruction part on our own.