Ted Kaczynski is dead. In this moment of hysteria about AI And its impact on civilisation, it is inevitable that debates about the merits of the ‘Unabomber Manifesto’ will move from the ideological fringes, into the mainstream. Analogies won’t need to be drawn to the documents contents and the rise of AI because Kaczynski
The ravings of the deranged are negligible evidence for or against the dangers of AI. A stopped clock is right twice a day.
> technological stasis is almost never the answer
Global stasis, stopping all tech progress, is almost never the answer. But we could maybe do without progress in particular exceptionally dangerous technologies. We clearly don't need progress in nuclear weapon development.
If we decide AI is very dangerous, we should pause progress on it until our safety tech catches up. We can still have progress in fusion reactors, organ printing etc.
He was right, though.
The way things are going, I'm almost certain that there will be a very real, physical monument to Unabomber any time soon, perhaps funded as a part of some refurbished "Green New Deal".
Excellent. Let's not let fears of existential risk overwhelm our awareness of the existential opportunities likely to be created by AI.