John Lily: Silicon Valley techies are divided about whether to be fearful or dismissive of the idea of new super intelligent AI… How would you approach this issue?
Steven Pinker: …I think it’s a fallacy to conflate the ability to reason and solve problems with the desire to dominate and destroy, which sci-fi dystopias and robots-run-amok plots inevitably do. It’s a projection of evolved alpha-male psychology onto the concept of intelligence… So I don’t think that malevolent robotics is one of the world’s pressing problems.
Will someone please tell him to read… gosh, anything on the issue that isn’t a news story? He could also watch this talk by Stuart Russell if that’s preferable.