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The Philosophy of AI

July 12, 2019 by

Immerse yourself into the thoughts of Nick Bostrom by reading this article https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/11/23/doomsday-invention-artificial-intelligence-nick-bostrom from the New Yorker. Bostrom is “arguably the leading transhumanist philosopher today” with “the status of a sage (..) within the high caste of Silicon Valley”, the article says.

The reporter visits Bostrom at the Future of Humanity Institute in Oxford. “Bostrom runs the institute as a kind of philosophical radar station: a bunker sending out navigational pulses into the haze of possible futures. (…) If artificial intelligence can be achieved it would be an event of unparalleled consequence—perhaps even a rupture in the fabric of history. A bit of long-range forethought might be a moral obligation to our own species.”

The article also mentions some of Bostrom’s personal peculiarities, such as his “fastidious guarding against illnesses (he avoids handshakes and wipes down silverware beneath a tablecloth)” and his wish to be frozen after his death. “Within hours of his death, Alcor will take custody of his body and maintain it in a giant steel bottle flooded with liquid nitrogen, in the hope that one day technology will allow him to be revived, or to have his mind uploaded into a computer.”

This article will help you to understand the line of thinking of the main keynote speaker of the 2019 ELP Annual Leadership Conference http://www.leadershipconference.eu/.