Philosophers, computer scientists, and even Elon Musk are concerned artificial intelligence could one day destroy the world. Some scholars argue it's is the most pressing existential risk humanity might ever face, while others mostly dismiss the hypothesized danger as unfounded doom-mongering. It might seem like there are two competing schools of thought: the AI pessimists and the AI optimists. But this dichotomy is misleading.
In a recent article for Skeptic, Michael Shermer (the magazine’s founding publisher) put forth an argument for “why AI is not an existential threat,” where “AI” stands for “artificial intelligence” and an “existential threat” is anything that could cause human extinction or the irreversible decline of civilization. Unfortunately, Shermer’s argument is a jumble of misconstrued ideas that have little or nothing to do with the actual problems of “AI safety” research.
Iâ€™m going to say something that many readers will find patently, even outrageously, false. Here goes: We almost certainly live in the best moment of human history so far. OK, now Iâ€™m going to say something evenÂ crazier: We very likely live in the best moment of human history ever. That is to say, â€œprogressâ€? in a broad sense is real, but it may very well end here, this century. What reasons do I have for this oddly optimistic and pessimistic assertion? Letâ€™s consider these issues in turn.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
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example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
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Exact case matching or punctuation
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