Reading this short story changed my entire worldview with respect to technology, the future, and what's really important.
I can't help but wonder what would happen if the artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and neuroscience communities bonded together to form a joint global task force to figure out how to defeat death once and for all.
Bostrom's keen insight has a way of cutting an argument down to its brass tacks.
I highly recommend reading the Dragon-tyrant story. But if you'd prefer to see a badass cartoon about it instead, I'll link the video towards the end of the newsletter.
Tales from the arXiv archives
One algorithm to fail them all
Just imagine it: a single AI-powered platform that functions as a point-of-entry for innumerable systems.
Chatbots? Got that.
Driverless cars? It does that too.
Chemistry and radiology? Sure why not.
And when it makes errors we can figure out why?
And when it makes errors we can figure out why??
Actually... no. And that's the problem.
A giant team of multidisciplinary researchers working with Stanford's Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence center recently published a report, "On the Opportunities and Risks of Foundation Models," and it makes for a fascinating read.
Yes, Neural covers AI and quantum computing — but we're so much more! We've got one eye on big tech, one on the startup scene, and a third robotic eye focused on politics and government policy.
And that's exactly why we're proud to introduce Neural at TNW Conference, featuring an amazing speaker list with people who work and create in a variety of domains.
From Unity'sDanny Lange– a legend in the gaming industry – to Shopify'sElla Hilal, we're hosting some of the AI/ML community's most important thinkers. And, as a technology journalist, I can't wait to see and hear whatElizabeth Bramson-Boudreau, the CEO and publisher of MIT's Technology Review, has to say.
No jokes this week, just a list of really cool (and free!) resources for science lovers:
Our favorite AI video of the week
As promised, CGP Grey's excellent adaptation of Nick Bostrom's The Fable of the Dragon-tyrant!
Click the image below to watch on YouTube:
When I'm not raging against the machine, or playing some Rage Against the Machine poorly on my acoustic guitar, I tend to watch retro TV.
Don't get me wrong, I watch new stuff too, but there's something interesting about watching stuff from yesteryear.
This week, I'm watching The Ultimate Fighter season 8 on Hulu. The entire series is there and, while I'm not the biggest UFC fan by any stretch, there's something to be said about a reality TV show where people end up cage fighting to settle their differences.
See ya next week!
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