(1) Shermer states that
- most AI doomsday prophecies are grounded in the false analogy between human nature and computer nature,
(2) Citing a famous passage by Pinker, Shermer writes:
- As Steven Pinker wrote in his answer to the 2015 Edge Question on what to think about machines that think, "AI dystopias project a parochial alpha-male psychology onto the concept of intelligence. They assume that superhumanly intelligent robots would develop goals like deposing their masters or taking over the world." It is equally possible, Pinker suggests, that "artificial intelligence will naturally develop along female lines: fully capable of solving problems, but with no desire to annihilate innocents or dominate the civilization." So the fear that computers will become emotionally evil are unfounded [...].
(3) In his eagerness to establish that a dangerous AI breakthrough is unlikely and therefore not worth taking seriously, Shermer holds forth that work on AI safety is underway and will save us if the need should arise, citing the recent paper by Orseau and Armstrong as an example, but overlooking that it is because such AI risk is taken seriously that such work comes about.