Sam Harris and Steve Jurvetson Discuss Artificial Intelligence

Friday, April 6, 2018

Sam Harris and Steve Jurvetson Discuss Artificial Intelligence


Sam Harris and Steve Jurvetson at the pair spoke about the ethics of artificial intelligence, and what it indicates about humanity and our collective future. They start with the inevitability and importance that artificial general intelligence.


In a recent chat between Sam Harris and Steve Jurvetson at Tim Draper’s CEO Summit, the pair spoke about the ethics of artificial intelligence, and what it indicates about humanity and our collective future.

Harris is an author, philosopher, neuroscientist, blogger, and host of the popular Waking Up podcast. Jurvetson is an American businessman and venture capitalist. He is formerly a partner of Draper Fisher Jurvetson.

They started with the inevitability and importance that artificial general intelligence or AGI, will play:

This is the most important game that we’re playing in technology. Intelligence is the most valuable resource we have. It is the source of everything we value, or it is the thing we use to protect everything we value. It seems patently obvious that if we are able to improve our intelligent machines, we will. So, the only alternative is to not be able to do that. And if you look at the reasons why we might not be able to do that, those are, by definition, terrifying. These are civilizational catastrophes that prevent us from making improvements to hardware and software, permanently. There are many assumptions here that confuse people about this picture of inevitability. One is: many people assume we need Moore’s Law to continue or exponential progress. No, we just need progress; it can be as incremental as you like.

According to Jurvetson, Harris's writing, in books such as,Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion can be reflected through his perceptual prism to the future.

“Many of you probably harbor a doubt that minds can be platform independent," states Harris, "There is an assumption working in the background that there may be something magical about computers made of meat.”

The pair also explore how the mind and body are related, and how the debate over consciousness is impacting the development of AI.

“Many people are common sense dualists. They think there is a ghost in the machine. There is something magical that’s giving us, if not intelligence per se, at the very least consciousness," Harris says. "I think those two break apart. I think it is conceivable that we could build superintelligent machines that are not conscious and that is the worst case scenario ethically.”






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