My recommended links for understanding the existential risks of Artificial Intelligence

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This is a list of my top recommended links to learn more about the potential species-ending risks of artificial intelligence.

This isn’t a standalone post, but something I link to from other AI-related posts (such as my 33-slide carousel-slide post on LinkedIn explaining the existential-level risk of super-intelligent AI) (audio version of that is here on Spotify and Apple Podcasts).

(List last updated on Jul 24, 2023)

Intro to AI Safety:

AI Safety expert Eliezer Yudkowsky:

AI Safety expert Paul Christiano:

Examples of Midjourney (realistic image generation):

Movies with nuanced depictions of AI:

Other perspectives I found valuable:

Positive sci-fi visions of the far future:

Based on all the caution I present in laying out the above articles, you might imagine that I’m a Luddite who believes that AI will lead our species to ruin. I do think that we need to be very careful at this potential inflection point in history.

But, I also love post-scarcity science-fiction, and I’m optimistic that we might all work together to usher in a utopian future in which humanity happily co-exists with super-intelligent artificial intelligence and other forms of synthetic and alien life.

Here are some of my favorite works of sci-fi that explore futures like that:

  • Gentle Seduction, by Marc Stiegler (short story)
  • The Golden Age, by John C. Wright
  • Hyperion, by Dan Simmons
  • A Fire Upon the Deep, by Vernor Vinge
  • The Player of Games, by Iain Banks
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