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🤖 The tech panic cycle
There is AI panic right now. Alarmists stumble over each other to make sure their doomsday scenario is heard. Quite a few claim that AI could "crash the universe." I'm not kidding.
My "favorite" is Eliezer Yudkowsky, who in Time Magazine, writes that a mere six-month pause is not enough. No, "we need to shut it all down."
And if an AI lab keeps the lights on, they should be bombed. We must "be willing to destroy a rogue datacenter by airstrike."
It is both a bit scary, and funny at the same time. But it is important that we fight back. Not with airstrikes, but with arguments. Soon we are going to publish our own, optimistic version, of the open letter that proposed an AI pause.
I also think Waldemar Ingdahl's piece is interesting. It shows how these tech panics work:
"In a technology panic, the technology is often described in an imagined future, completed form, and not in the initial versions available to the inventor, technicians, and early adopters."
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😰 The Pattern of Technology Panic
Technology panics also follow Gartner's hype curve, and in the worst case, they can initiate ill-considered bans and restrictions, writes Waldemar Ingdahl.
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