Better-Than-Human AI Would Undoubtedly Eradicate Us, with Michael Vassar

The futurist and entrepreneur takes an analytic approach to assessing the existential risks inherent in pursuing artificial intelligence.

Better-Than-Human AI Would Undoubtedly Eradicate Us, with Michael Vassar

Futurist and entrepreneur Michael Vassar doesn't mince words when discussing the potential for greater-than-human AI to destroy humanity. And why would he? As he explains in today's featured Big Think interview, it's an obvious conclusion when thought about analytically:


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Geologists discover a rhythm to major geologic events.

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Research shows that those who spend more time speaking tend to emerge as the leaders of groups, regardless of their intelligence.

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The great theoretical physicist Steven Weinberg passed away on July 23. This is our tribute.

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Ancient Greek military ship found in legendary, submerged Egyptian city

Long before Alexandria became the center of Egyptian trade, there was Thônis-Heracleion. But then it sank.

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