“We believe any deceleration of AI will cost lives. Deaths that were preventable by the AI that was prevented from existing is a form of murder.”

Huh, I wonder if this exact argument was made long ago, for the exact opposite point the techno-optimists make:

"When one individual inflicts bodily injury upon another such that death results, we call the deed manslaughter; when the assailant knew in advance that the injury would be fatal, we call his deed murder. But when society places hundreds of proletarians in such a position that they inevitably meet a too early and an unnatural death, one which is quite as much a death by violence as that by the sword or bullet; when it deprives thousands of the necessaries of life, places them under conditions in which they cannot live – forces them, through the strong arm of the law, to remain in such conditions until that death ensues which is the inevitable consequence – knows that these thousands of victims must perish, and yet permits these conditions to remain, its deed is murder just as surely as the deed of the single individual; disguised, malicious murder, murder against which none can defend himself, which does not seem what it is, because no man sees the murderer, because the death of the victim seems a natural one, since the offence is more one of omission than of commission. But murder it remains."

I just love that these blockheads can believe their AI fairy tale while simultaneously dismissing the preventable deaths happening today by withholding food, water, shelter, and medicine from the poor. It's almost like technology alone can't save us, instead what we CHOOSE TO DO WITH TECHNOLOGY and how we CHOOSE TO ALLOCATE OUR LIMITED RESOURCES that can save us. For a guy who loves reading economic theory, I really wish he would pick up Engels.

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“There are excellent philosophers of physics, philosophers of biology, philosophers of mathematics and even of social science. I have never even heard anybody in the field described as a philosopher of engineering...engineering harbors some of the deepest most beautiful most important thinking ever done.” Daniel Dennett

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