Monday, January 15, 2018

Episode #35 - Brundage on the Case for Conditional Optimism about AI


In this episode I talk to Miles Brundage. Miles is a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford's Future of Humanity Institute and a PhD candidate in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology at Arizona State University. He is also affiliated with the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes (CSPO), the Virtual Institute of Responsible Innovation (VIRI), and the Journal of Responsible Innovation (JRI). His research focuses on the societal implications of artificial intelligence. We discuss the case for conditional optimism about AI.

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Show Notes

  • 0:00 - Introduction
  • 1:00 - Why did Miles write the conditional case for AI optimism?
  • 5:07 - What is AI anyway?
  • 8:26 - The difference between broad and narrow forms of AI
  • 12:00 - Is the current excitement around AI hype or reality?
  • 16:13 - What is the conditional case for AI conditional upon?
  • 22:00 - The First Argument: The Value of Task Expedition
  • 29:30 - The downsides of task expedition and the problem of speed mismatches
  • 33:28 - How AI changes our cognitive ecology
  • 36:00 - The Second Argument: The Value of Improved Coordination
  • 40:50 - Wouldn't AI be used for malicious purposes too?
  • 45:00 - Can we create safe AI in the absence of global coordination?
  • 48:03 - The Third Argument: The Value of a Leisure Society
  • 52:30 - Would a leisure society really be utopian?
  • 56:24 - How were Miles's arguments received when presented at the EU parliament?

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