Is artificial intelligence going to lead to the extinction of humanity? What would that even look like? Everyone’s got an opinion: mostly either “that sounds absolutely ridiculous” or “that sounds absolutely terrifying”.
In this episode of The Studies Show, Tom and Stuart do something slightly different. Stuart plays the role of an AI apocalypse sceptic, and grills Tom on all the arguments about the coming AI apocalypse. Happily, Tom has already written a whole book on the subject, so he knows all the answers.
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Tom’s book, The Rationalist’s Guide to the Galaxy
Katja Grace’s survey of AI researchers
Timothy B. Lee’s Substack post about why he’s not worried about the existential risk of AI
The Studies Show is produced by Julian Mayers at Yada Yada Productions.