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AI is: The application of math & software code to teach computers how to generate knowledge in ways similar to how people do it. Like any program it runs, takes input, processes, and generates output (useful across a wide range of fields, ranging from coding to medicine to law to the creative arts)
AI isn’t: Killer software and robots that will spring to life and decide to murder the human race or otherwise ruin everything, like you see in movies like Terminator.
Like any technology AI is a way to make everything we care about better.
Our (human) intelligence is what allowed our species to develop the world we live in today: science, technology, math, physics, chemistry, medicine etc. Without the application of intelligence we would all still be living in the forest, gathering or hunting for food.
What AI offers us is the opportunity to profoundly augment human intelligence to make all of these outcomes of intelligence much, much better:
Every new technology that matters, from electric lighting to automobiles to radio to the Internet, has sparked a moral panic.
That's not to say new technologies haven't led to bad outcomes. Most new tech is also being used for bad.
But a moral panic is by its very nature irrational – it takes what may be a legitimate concern and inflates it into a level of hysteria that ironically makes it harder to confront actually serious concerns.
Economists have observed 2 classes of people perpetuating the moral panic (with examples from the prohibition of 1920s):
When it comes to AI we can notice the same 2 categories of people spreading panic:
History shows that the Baptists are naive ideologues, the Bootleggers are cynical operators, and so the result of reform movements like these is often that the Bootleggers get what they want – regulatory capture, insulation from competition, the formation of a cartel – and the Baptists are left wondering where their drive for social improvement went so wrong.
Example – banking reform after the 2008 global financial crisis. The Baptists told us that we needed new laws to break up the “too big to fail” banks. The Dodd-Frank Act was co-opted by big banks who are now even bigger.
The idea that AI will decide to literally kill humanity is a profound category error. AI is not a living being that has been primed by billions of years of evolution to participate in the battle for the survival of the fittest It is math – code – computers, built by people, owned by people, used by people, controlled by people. The idea that it will at some point develop a mind of its own and decide that it has motivations that lead it to try to kill us is a superstitious handwave.
AI doesn’t want, it doesn’t have goals, it doesn’t want to kill you, because it’s not alive.
If the murder robots don’t get us, the hate speech and misinformation will. That's why doomers talk about alignment ... to human values. This is tricky.
As we have seen from the social media wars that led to mass censorship under the guise of fighting "hate speech", the slippery slope is not a fallacy, it’s an inevitability.
This is an issue as these doomers are usually the elite so they have massive reach. But they are nothing but bootleggers. We should not let the thought police suppress AI.
The fear of job loss due variously to mechanization, automation is as old as time. And always the claim is that “this time is different”.
However, time & time again, technology lead to an economic boom. This time will not be different. When technology is applied to production, we get productivity growth:
What if the owners of AI reap all the economic rewards & regular people get nothing?
This is an old Marxist argument: the owners of the means of production would inevitably steal all societal wealth from the people who do the actual work.
The flaw in this theory is that, as the owner of a piece of technology, it’s not in your own interest to keep it to yourself. The opposite is true: it’s in your own interest to sell it to as many customers as possible. Because you get more money by selling to more people on lower prices. Tesla started as car for rich people, now it's the best selling car in US.
Dooh! Technology is a tool. Tools, starting with fire and rocks, can be used to do good things – cook food and build houses – and bad things – burn people and bludgeon people.
We can not contain potential bad outcomes through banning. 2 better ways:
AI isn’t just being developed in the relatively free societies of the West, it is also being developed by the Communist Party of the People’s Republic of China. And China sees AI as a tool for population control and economic conquest.
Banning AI means China wins the next economic race. Mark Andreessen believes it's imperative for the leaders of US to embrace AI if America is to remain relevant in the upcoming years.
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Mark Andreessen packs so much in this rebuttal of AI doomerism. A pleasure to read.
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