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Vint Cerf, Internet pioneerHistorically, technology has created more jobs than it destroys and there is no reason to think otherwise in this case. Someone has to make and service all these advanced devices.
Ron Rivest, Cryptographer
disagrees Electronic votingWe have learned the hard way that almost any computer system can be broken into by a sufficiently determined, skillful, and persistent adversary. There is nothing special about voting systems that magically provides protection against attack... Voting system software may be maliciously designed, may contain bugs, or may be changed or replaced at some point during the pre-election roll-out of eq... See More
Rodney A. Brooks, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, author, and robotics entrepreneurIf we are spectacularly lucky we’ll have AI over the next thirty years with the intentionality of a lizard, and robots using that AI will be useful tools. [...] Worrying about AI that will be intentionally evil to us is pure fear mongering
Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator. Investor at Reddit, Stripe, Change.org, Pinterest and many othersDevelopment of superhuman machine intelligence is probably the greatest threat to the continued existence of humanity.
Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator. Investor at Reddit, Stripe, Change.org, Pinterest and many othersI think it’s good to start studying [basic income] early. I’m fairly confident that at some point in the future, as technology continues to eliminate traditional jobs and massive new wealth gets created, we’re going to see some version of this at a national scale.
Sam Harris, American author, philosopher, and neuroscientistIt is sobering to admit that chaos seems a probable outcome even in the best-case scenario, in which the AGI remained perfectly obedient. But of course we cannot assume the best-case scenario. In fact, “the control problem”—the solution to which would gu
Stuart Russell, Professor of Computer Science at BerkeleyThe question is: Could you prove that your systems can’t ever, no matter how smart they are, overwrite their original goals as set by the humans?
Richard D. Wolff, Marxian economist. Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
disagrees Basic IncomeUBI creates a new difference between those people who work and earn a living and those people who, for wathever reason, don't work but still earn a living. This is going to create two classes of people (...) and for me the big issue is why do that?. I like the idea of community building by not having people that are extremely wealthy or extremely poor, but I don't like this way of doing it, becau... See More
Stephen Omohundro, Scientist, Self-Aware Systems; Co-founder, Center for Complex Systems ResearchOmohundro’s research concludes that the drives of superintelligent machines will be on a collision course with our own, unless we design them very carefully.
Hans Moravec, Former professor at the Robotics Institute of CMU, and founder of the SeeGrid CorporationHe states that by the end of this process “the immensities of cyberspace will be teeming with unhuman superminds, engaged in affairs that are to human concerns as ours are to those of bacteria”
Peter Thiel, Technology entrepreneur and investorThiel foundation is the single largest donor to MIRI, an organization founded by the illustrious Eliezer Yudkowsky
Ilya Sutskever, Co-founder and Research Director of OpenAIIt’s hard to fathom how much human-level AI could benefit society, and it’s equally hard to imagine how much it could damage society if built or used incorrectly.
Jane Kim, American civil rights attorney and politician, member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
agrees Robot TaxAs workers are displaced, the companies should continue to pay a portion of the lost tax into a fund that can then be used for education, retraining and targeted investments in new industries. This modest tax will help smooth the transition for our workers, providing them with better opportunities.
Douglas Hofstadter, Professor of cognitive science. Pulitzer prize winnerLife and intelligence are far more complex than the current singularitarians seem to believe, so I doubt it will happen in the next couple of centuries
Randy W. Schekman, Nobel Prize winner in medicineI find it surprising that groups that are very supportive of science when it comes to global climate change, or even, for the most part, in the appreciation of the value of vaccination in preventing human disease, yet can be so dismissive of the general views of scientists when it comes to something as important as the world’s agricultural future.
Ron Unz, Physicist, software developer, entrepreneur, writerJust as their predecessors of the 1920s always denied the existence of “Jewish quotas,” top officials at Harvard, Yale, Princeton and the other Ivy League schools today strongly deny the existence of “Asian quotas.” But there exists powerful statistical evidence to the contrary. Each year, American universities provide their racial enrollment data to the National Center for Education Statistics, ... See More
Art Laffer, American economist who first gained prominence during the Reagan administration as a member of Reagan's Economic Policy Advisory Board
agrees Carbon TaxA carbon tax would attach the national security and environmental costs to carbon-based fuels like oil, causing the market to recognize the price of these negative externalities.
Tim Draper, Billionaire Venture CapitalistGiving everyone $15,000 would put everyone on the same level. They could do with it whatever they wanted, but having the financial security of some basic money to live on, would give them the opportunity to work on what they want. Work is everything,
Jonathan Levin, Professor of Economics at Stanford University
disagrees $13,000 a year for every over-21-year-old American instead of all transfer payments would be better than the status quoProvocative idea but as stated would cost ~$3 trillion, equal to all federal tax revenue. What about e.g. national defense?
Hanna Rosin, American author and writerThe Bureau of Labor Department statistics show that the median earnings of full-time female workers is 77 percent of the median earnings of full-time male workers. But that is very different than “77 cents on the dollar for doing the same work as men
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