Why AI is the most important political issue of our generation | Chelsea Guo | TEDxYale

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Guo talks about how artificial intelligence will revolutionize how we approach the most basic questions of political philosophy. Our history of assumptions about human nature, existence, and civil society will be turned on its head and artificial intelligence will play a drastic role in how our world changes. Chelsea Guo is a senior at Yale completing a four-year joint B.S./M.S. degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and a B.A. in Political Science. At Yale, she is a first-year counselor in Pauli Murray College, an undergraduate researcher at the Yale Stem Cell Center, the president of the Women's Leadership Initiative, and the AI Discussion Group leader for Yale Effective Altruists. Her interests lie at the intersection of science, technology, philosophy, and political theory. After graduating, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in political theory and a J.D. in international law. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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donnie darko says:

Jesus, why do leftists always believe in government. Politicians should stay away from AI research

Josh Head says:

I thought we wanted to colonize the universe.

John Kim says:

Great presentation by Ms. Guo addressing the potential implications of Artificial Intelligence. I definitely agree with her on how the possibilities A.I. along with how such is largely a political question as much as a technological one. She additionally does present the entire picture giving a good overview of the pros and cons of different political approaches along with begging us what role the government must have as we move towards all this. From my experiences and research, I tend to think the governments react very slowly and will not be able to react to whatever developments A.I. offers since the political process is often gridlocked and the changes are happening so fast to the point where significant changes can happen in fractions of seconds before people can even make emergency political decisions. An interesting question is whether A.I. will free us from totalitarian governments or be used by them to constrain us further. I don't believe super intelligent A.I. will be possible as I see consciousness limits to such along w/ the computational methods which A.I. is based off can be good for narrow intelligence but far too limited in complex situations which humans can navigate. The biggest warnings on A.I. should still be heeded as it can greatly increase income & wealth inequality between those who have and don't have such technology; or be a threat to humanity even without consciousness if it's hacked into or given the wrong goals.
~ John Kim, Data Analyst & A.I. Enthusiast

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