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Michael Vassar on The Skeptics’ Guide To The Universe Podcast

There is a podcast featuring Singularity Institute President Michael Vassar talking to The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, a podcast produced by the New England Skeptical Society in association with the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF). It was recorded on September 23rd, a week and a half before the Summit. Skip to 26:00 to get past the news items. Here's a funny tidbit of Michael talking about some of the poor thinking seen when people discuss how to make AI friendly:

We have a lot of silliness, such as worst moral of the story ever... Lilo and Stitch. "If you're just nice enough to the fundamentally evil creature, it will have to love you.

That's at 31:50. So yeah, check it out. My and Michael's philosophy are quite similar, so you can learn more about how I think by listening to the podcast as well.

Check out 41:00, where Michael explains the whole reason for having a Singularity Summit and Singularity Institute.

At 49:30: "So how do we keep it from deciding that it wants to make ice cream out of human brains?"

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  1. While Skeptic’s guide site is down, the podcast can be downloaded from here.

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