May 31 • 1HR 2M

A Manhattan Project for AI Safety (Robert Wright & Samuel Hammond)


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Robert Wright
Conversations with a series of people who have nothing in common except that program host Robert Wright is curious about what they’re thinking.
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0:00 Sam’s Bloggingheads bona fides 2:39
Is AI “interpretability” worth the trouble?
13:38 Natural selection and artificial intelligence
19:47 Are large language models absorbing human nature?
29:53 What Sam thinks singularitarian AI doomers get wrong
36:36 Is it time for an AI-safety Manhattan Project?
51:12 Sam: Let a thousand GPT-4 (but not GPT-5) plug-ins bloom.
57:09 Where are our AI safety blindspots?

Robert Wright (, The Evolution of God, Nonzero, Why Buddhism Is True) and Samuel Hammond (Foundation for American Innovation, Second Best). Recorded May 30, 2023.

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