It seems to me that programming is quite possibly the last job that people on this planet will have.
The world is evolving toward a situation where smaller and smaller groups and perhaps even individuals determine the future. It seems to me that programmers are in a position where they might be the last people on this planet to determine the future.
The main thing that we should be focusing on is how to create goals for AI that are compatible with what we value.
If you think about gorillas, it seems that the only way that gorillas can save their species is to conspire and gang up against humans. They’re not going to do that. They are not able to do that.
Jaan Tallinn is an Estonian programmer widely celebrated for writing the peer-to-peer engines of Kazaa and Skype. In addition to his activities at Skype, he is partner and cofounder of the development company called Bluemoon.
Jaan is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on P2P technologies and is often credited for helping to establish Estonia’s global reputation for world class software and engineering talent. As a result of Kazaa and Skype, he currently holds the world’s record for the largest number of software downloads at almost 500 million.
In 1989, he helped create Kosmonaut, the first Estonian computer game to be published outside his country. In 1996, he graduated from the University of Tartu with a BSc in Theoretical Physics. His thesis involved travelling interstellar distances using warps in space-time.