Artificial Intelligence: Hype, Hope, or Hell coming at us fast, by our own hand?
In Episode #111, Jesse speaks with futurist and author Calum Chase about his book Surviving AI: The promise and peril of artificial intelligence, and the increasing impacts of artificial intelligence on the world’s business and society — and the future of humanity itself.
The prospect of creating a true “AGI” (Artificial General Intelligence) capable of matching human-level thinking is probably the most transformative tech possibility in the coming decades. Nothing would be unaffected. Just imagine being able to mass-produce competent adult-level minds without needing to wait for the decades-long process of physical growth and education…
But that’s ignoring the more exciting/terrifying piece of the AI speculation game: If we can figure out how to manufacture human-level cognitive performance, there’s no reason to suspect that at that point, the sky is not the limit. (Jesse writes at length about that topic here.)
Buckle up for a conversation that is both sober and mind-bending — covering topics from Technological Unemployment to how we can guarantee the morality of political systems when we don’t know for sure which intelligences are actually conscious.
And hang around — if you dare — for a Ruthless Listener Retention Gimmick about one of the most taboo subjects on the Internet: A rationalist, secular recipe for Hell (or something close).
|0:23||Surviving AI by Calum Chase|
|2:04||This Week In Neuroscience: A Man's Hyper-Religiosity Was A Symptom Of Brain Atrophy|
|2:53||The audience interaction section.|
|6:09||Hungry for some Brain Breakfast?|
|7:46||An introduction to Calum Chase and his body of work.|
|8:28||Why is knowledge of A.I. becoming much more mainstream recently?|
|11:25||Best and worst case scenarios for emerging A.I. in the near future.|
|14:31||The future of digital assistants: Siri's descendants, "Her", and falling in love with A.I.|
|18:46||The difference between "intelligence" and "consciousness"|
|22:52||The Paperclip Maximizer|
|26:31||In defence of Ray Kurzweil's optimism.|
|29:11||What options does the average human have in the face of A.I. becoming mainstream?|
|35:04||Will there be one technological superintelligence, or several?|
|38:22||"We need to stay the smartest species on the planet, and the way we do that is by uploading our brains into computers."|
|40:33||Science fiction versus our burgeoning reality|
|41:49||Ruthless Listener-Retention Gimmick: Roko's basilisk [Note: Please listen to Jesse's warning beforehand - subject matter might be unsettling for some listeners.]|