Nick Bostrom: What happens when our computers get smarter than we are?

Here’s a solid talk from Nick Bostrom on how negligence in the design of super intelligent AI could potentially have adverse effects on humanity.

From the talk I specifically like this sentence, “If you create a powerful optimization process to maximise objective x, you better make sure your definition of x incorporates everything you care about.”, as setting off an intelligent AI to solve a problem, it would need to take into account all variables that align with the values of humanity.

This paperclip maximizer thought experiment from Nick helps illustrate the dangers of complacency albeit in a humorous manner.


I should point out Nick’s talk and this post isn’t about deterring us from the goal of creating super intelligence; but instead highlighting the threats that would likely be faced if we implement intelligent AI without sufficient considerations for our safety.

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