May 16 • 1HR 1M

Is AI Anxiety Overblown? (Robert Wright & Timothy B. Lee)


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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 Tim’s tech background and his new newsletter, Understanding AI
4:12 Natural selection and artificial intelligence
11:12 Why Tim is a singularity skeptic
15:17 How exactly would AI take over? And will it even want to?
24:21 The bad AI vs good AI arms race
36:05 What exactly are "AI agents"?
40:09 Why Tim is an AI job-pocalypse skeptic
51:13 Has AI created the biggest tech hype wave ever?
55:45 How Tim thinks AI will actually transform human life

Robert Wright (, The Evolution of God, Nonzero, Why Buddhism Is True) and Timothy B. Lee (Full Stack Economics, Understanding AI) Recorded May 10, 2023.

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