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The AI Does Not Hate You: Superintelligence, Rationality and the Race to Save the World

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'The AI does not hate you, nor does it love you, but you are made of atoms which it can use for something else'

This is a book about AI and AI risk. But it's also more importantly about a community of people who are trying to think rationally about intelligence, and the places that these thoughts are taking them, and what insight they can and can't give us about the futur

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Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published June 13th 2019 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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Gavin
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To my surprise I recommend this for anyone. (The chapters are tiny and I did the whole thing in an hour.) For outsiders it's an honest and nontechnical portrait of a new, strange, and wonderful endeavour; and Chivers shows his path from ordinary sceptical thoughtfulness to taking the idea seriously. (However, there's almost no maths in it, and without maths you can only ever sort-of get the gist. For instance, one of the key premises of the whole programme is very easy to understand if you've ev ...more
Andrii Zakharov
Jun 16, 2019 rated it liked it
If you've never heard of the "Rationalist"/LessWrong community, this book does a reasonably good job of an almost balanced introduction (slightly positive skew). The main thread, however, of how the author came to take seriously the risk of superhuman intelligence bringing doom in the next century, is quite weak. As someone familiar with the concepts, it was nothing new and didn't make me update my beliefs at all. Unsure who this book is aimed at - plausibly, it's just an attempt to make the mai ...more
Kerkko Pelttari
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Superintelligence, rationality and the race to save the world

It is a very slim and general overview of the current state of General Artificial Intelligence development and expert evaluations on when it will happen (seemingly between 2030-2100 with over 95% probability).
However, the issue of "why would a superintelligent artificial intelligence want to do seemingly stupid things" was answered very well and comprehensively. Chapter 11 is a good example of this (titled "If I stop caring about chess
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Matt
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Reasonably thorough history and elaboration of the "Rationalist" community and their preoccupation with the (possibly) looming AI apocalypse.

Chivers approaches this community as a generous and sincere outsider. Which is commendable, though I felt that in places it left him too eager to go along with some of the oddities, failing to provide a critical balance where it would have been helpful.

I'm not talking about the more outlandish beliefs, either -- one thing I think the Rationalists get righ
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Patrick
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love the rationalist community, and this book was an excellent summary of their history, worldview, and accomplishments. Endorsing without spiraling into blind praise, critical without being condescending. It tells the story of a group of nerds and their unironic quest to save the world and create a utopia.
Patrick
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An extremely fair explanation of the online rationality movement, the alignment problem, and the history of same.
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