For Those Facing the AI Apocalypse

By Joel Garreau For almost a decade, the dominant Silicon Valley prediction has been Singularitarian utopianism. In this story about the future, the godlike powers afforded by the genetics, robotics, artificial intelligence and nanotechnology revolutions rapidly cure stupidity, ignorance, pain, suffering and even death. We merge with our machines and thus transcend. This outcome is inevitable, according to this prediction, because technology is on its ever-increasing march, and it matters little what we try to do about it. Call this the Heaven Prediction. In just the past few months, however, the fashionable prediction among the techno elite has changed to dystopianism — the imminent arrival of satanic artificial intelligences that will be the last invention humans ever make, or will be allowed to make. The word doom is used liberally.…

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