This guy has become my favorite thinker of late. Clearly not for everyone as I recently tried playing this for Steve Green and Horsebadordies. Steve was clearly horrified and the Horse longed for a bird to perch on Ben and shit on his head for some strange reason. Regardless, it is my opinion that Goertzel is a f’n genius. This clip was kind of a pop distillation of his thoughts on where AI could be going. If the above doesn’t elicit the kind of reactions described above and you want to dive into something a little meatier, have a shot at the 23 page PDF linked here:
"Infusing Advanced AGIs with Human-Like Value Systems: Two Theses" — my new Journal of Ev. and Tech. paper: https://t.co/khDvTJ2VOp
— Ben Goertzel (@bengoertzel) February 21, 2016
In a nutshell, which no doubt does his paper a great disservice, what Ben is saying – or at least implying – is that the future of AI is not something to necessarily fear. Rather, the great probability is that it will result in a sort of corrective to many of humanities greatest demons; our irrational tendencies arising from problematic programming which weights archaic and unhelpful value systems too highly (e.g., tribalism and puritanical attitudes toward procreation).
My tweet in response to Ben:
@bengoertzel Bravo! Seems to come down to teach your children well and allow them to grow (beyond us) without undue constraint. Great read!
— Joel McKinnon (@JoelGMcKinnon) February 21, 2016