AI doomsday scenarios are gaining traction in Silicon Valley

AI theorist Eliezer Yudkowsky has a controversial opinion on where AI will take us: human extinction.

  • “I think we’re not ready, I think we don’t know what we’re doing, and I think we’re all going to die,” Yudkowsky said.
  • Yudkowsky has consistently promoted his theory that hostile AI could spark a mass extinction event.

As many in the AI industry shrugged or raised eyebrows at this assessment, he created the Machine Intelligence Research Institute with funding from Peter Thiel, among others, and collaborated on written work with futurists such as Nick Bostrom.

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