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How to Think about AI and Existential Risk



3:30pm - 5:00pm ET

Haldeman Hall 41 (Kreindler Conference Hall)

A Wright Lecture on Computation and Just Communities:

Catastrophic and existential risks from AI must be taken seriously. But the current existential risk discourse is dominated by speculation. In this talk, I’ll dissect a series of fallacies that have led to alarmist conclusions, including a misapplication of probability, a mischaracterization of human intelligence, and a conflation of AI models with AI systems. I will argue that we already have the tools to address risks calmly and collectively, and provide a set of recommendations for how to do so.

This talk is based on a chapter of the forthcoming book AI Snake Oil by Arvind Narayanan and Sayash Kapoor.

About the Speaker(s)

Arvind Narayanan
Professor of Computer Science, Princeton


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