I spent a weekend at Google talking with nerds about charity. I came away … worried.

Many were more excited about battling malevolent artificial intelligence than about helping the poor.

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Hasnain says:

"The common response I got to this was, "Yes, sure, but even if there's a very, very, very small likelihood of us decreasing AI risk, that still trumps global poverty, because infinitesimally increasing the odds that 10^52 people in the future exist saves way more lives than poverty reduction ever could.""

Was the speaker aware of how insensitive it sounds to argue for more AI research when we have people suffering in poverty this very instant?

Posted on 2015-08-12T20:14:26+0000