Missed this really good piece on artificial intelligence by Yonatan Zunger. Long and well-worth the read.
These are rarely new problems; rather, the formal process of explaining our desires to a computer — the ultimate case of someone with no cultural context or ability to infer what we don’t say — forces us to be explicit in ways we generally aren’t used to. Whether this involves making a life-or-death decision years ahead of time, rather than delaying it until the heat of the moment, or whether it involves taking a long, hard look at the way our society actually is, and being very explicit about which parts of that we want to keep and which parts we want to change, AI pushes us outside of our comfort zone of polite fictions and into a world where we have to discuss things very explicitly.
HT John Verdon
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