The AI Does Not Hate You: Superintelligence, Rationality and the Race to Save the World
'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 fut...more
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I don't know what I expected. It seems like Chivers wanted to write a book about some people whose blogs he admires, but recognised that an ...more
Overall, I think the author managed to write a fairly even handed analysis of the rationalist community, which turns out to be largely sympathetic to the cause. As someone who attends LessWrong meetups regularly and is studying a lot of the major rationalist writings, I already knew a lot of what he presents. However there were some interesting tidbits sprinkled througho ...more
Caveat: I know many of the people who are described in the book. I've had some sort of connection with the rationalist movement since before it became distinct from transhumanism, and I've been mostly an insider since 2012. I re ...more
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 ...more
This is a book about a lot of things, and it's a significant achievement to create a narrative that spans it all. At times it feels like what I imagine taking a lot of ketamine and trying to sit through a Berkeley philosophy seminar would feel like. At times it is incredibly moving.
It has the feel of a first book, which has positive and negative aspects to it, and there are also quite a few erro ...more
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 ...more
The author seems like a really nice and reasonable person, who thinks AI risk might be important and wants to understand and explain it. But mostly it seems like most rationalists were reasonably pretty wary of talking to a journalist, so he didn't ...more
Interestingly, the author's explanation of Roko's Basilisk was the clearest one I've read so far, which shows that having 400 IQ does not mean you can explain things well. (I've never got throu ...more
* A disproportionate number of Tetlock's superforcasters came from Lesswrong
* Story about a rationalist woman who is considering having a baby ...more
Two stars not because I didn't enjoy the read, but because it felt like various critiques of both AI risk and the community were given too little intellectual screentime. Other reviewers have pointed to better critiques o ...more
Despite the title, the book only half focuses on AI safety, with much of the rest of the book covering the community that helped bring AI safety into the mainstream. That's not to say the topic shift is without merit, and for anyone unfamiliar with the Rationalist movement gives an interesting introduction. On the flip side, the i ...more
I'm quite familiar with the LessWrong and the Effective Altruism communities, and I'd say this book provides quite a good summary of the main concepts, ideas, people, history, and their drawbacks.
I'd highly recommend it for anyone who's already a "member" of these communities and wants a "family friendly" way of introducing their "normal" friends and family to them.
Having inflicted this book on myself, I counsel you not to waste the time. You will learn a fair amount about the social anthropology of various Silicon Valley pseudo tech cults and little to nothing about AI.