Sam Harris On Artificial Intelligence

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Sam Harris On Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence

Sam Harris sat down recently with Joe Rogan and discussed the implications of artificial intelligence on the future. The discussion ranges from economics to DeepMind's AlphaGo and much more.

Speaking recently with Joe Rogan, Sam Harris responded to a question about solving global poverty with an answer that immediately jumped to the dramatic potential of artificial intelligence.

"You are talking about the ultimate wealth-creation device."
"You are talking about the ultimate wealth-creation device," states Harris. "In the right political and economic system, this would just completely cancel the need for people to have to work to survive." The question then leads us to ask if we do have that kind of political and economic system, Harris describes.
We are talking about the implications of intelligence that can make refinements to itself over a time-course that bears no relationship as to what we experience as apes. We are talking about a system that can make changes to its own source code to become better and better at learning and more and more knowledgeable and, if we give it access to the Internet, it has instantaneous access to all human and machine knowledge. It does thousands of years of work every day of our lives--thousands of years of equivalent human intellectual work. Our intuitions completely falter to capture how immensely powerful such a system would be and there is no reason to think this isn't possible.
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Harris is the author of five New York Times bestsellers. His books include The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, Free Will, Lying, Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion, and Islam and the Future of Tolerance (with Maajid Nawaz). The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. His writing and public lectures cover a wide range of topics—neuroscience, moral philosophy, religion, spirituality, violence, human reasoning—but generally focus on how a growing understanding of ourselves and the world is changing our sense of how we should live.

SOURCE  Joe Rogan University

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