Over the past several centuries, the human condition has been profoundly changed by the agricultural and industrial revolutions. With the creation and continued development of AI, we stand in the midst of an ongoing intelligence revolution that may prove far more transformative than the previous two. How did we get here, and what were the intellectual foundations necessary for the creation of AI? What benefits might we realize from aligned AI systems, and what are the risks and potential pitfalls along the way? In the longer term, will superintelligent AI systems pose an existential risk to humanity? Steven Pinker, best selling author and Professor of Psychology at Harvard, and Stuart Russell, UC Berkeley Professor of Computer Science, join us on this episode of the AI Alignment Podcast to discuss these questions and more.
Topics discussed in this episode include:
-The historical and intellectual foundations of AI
-How AI systems achieve or do not achieve intelligence in the same way as the human mind
-The rise of AI and what it signifies
-The benefits and risks of AI in both the short and long term
-Whether superintelligent AI will pose an existential risk to humanity
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4:30 The historical and intellectual foundations of AI
11:11 Moving beyond dualism
13:16 Regarding the objectives of an agent as fixed
17:20 The distinction between artificial intelligence and deep learning
22:00 How AI systems achieve or do not achieve intelligence in the same way as the human mind
49:46 What changes to human society does the rise of AI signal?
54:57 What are the benefits and risks of AI?
01:09:38 Do superintelligent AI systems pose an existential threat to humanity?
01:51:30 Where to find and follow Steve and Stuart
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