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🔎 Sweden's largest newspaper slams Max Tegmark
Last Tuesday, I wrote: ❌ No, 50% of AI researchers don't believe there is a 10% risk that AI will kill us
Yesterday, science journalist Maria Gunther at Sweden's largest newspaper Dagens Nyheter, wrote the same thing: No, half of AI researchers do NOT consider there to be a 10 percent risk that humanity will die.
It makes me very happy that Sweden's largest newspaper counters this incorrect statement. I am especially pleased that they link to Warp News.
Maria Gunther swiftly deals with professor Max Tegmark, who spread this assertion in Time:
The idea that these 90 people would be representative of what half of AI researcher thinks is completely baseless.
A researcher of Max Tegmark's caliber should really know better than to draw that conclusion, and to use his reputation to spread it.
If you use such made-up facts to argue for your cause, you not only sabotage the entire discussion. You also undermine your own credibility as a researcher and debater.
Round of applause for Dagens Nyheter and Maria Gunther!
🤖 Two free AI talks and a course
In chess, human+computer beats computer.
It's called Centaur Chess.
A centaur - half human, half horse.
That's how we can think about the new AI tools.
If we become centaurs and work together human+machine, it gives us superpowers.
I'll give two talks and also conduct a half-day course in the next few weeks.
First in the form of a Lunch & Learn on May 30th, then a slightly shorter lecture on June 13th, and the week after, a course (date not yet determined.)
You are warmly welcome! The talks are free. The course will cost a bit, but you'll get a discount. All will take place at The Park in in Stockholm.
🤝 Collaboration with The Park
We now have a new home in Sweden: The Park!
They have several co-working spaces in Stockholm.
There we will have office space and hold our events. Get in touch if you want to try them out for a day. I have a bunch of day passes to hand out.
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❌ No, 50% of AI researchers don't believe there is a 10% risk that AI will kill us
From a survey where the question many refer to had a response rate of 4 percent.
💡 Musings of The Angry Optimist: Max Tegmark's fear of death
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