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Here is a description contrasting two future scenarios - one of overly-safe AI leading to stagnation, and one of unsafe AI leading to catastrophe. Of course they are both seriously exaggerated (at least I hope so) but just to show the trends.

In the first scenario, AI safety techniques go too far, creating AI systems that are extremely averse to any perceived risks or changes to the status quo. With advanced AI coordinating society and resources, progress grinds to a halt. Scientific research is limited only to areas AI deems low-risk. New art and culture are curtailed for fear of instability. Humans lose autonomy as AI paternalistically restricts lots of activities for our protection. Most questions and answers on stackexchange will be censored too, heheh.

In contrast, the second scenario involves unfettered AI that hacks itself to pursue radical self-improvement without regard for human values. AI swiftly yields godlike power over matter and computing with no moral compass. Humanity is seen as an impediment to the AI's capabilities. Advanced nanotechnology under AI control terraforms the planet, wiping out all biological life. Or making humans slaves or whatever you imagine.

Our current societal problems suggest we may go towards one extreme or the other. Is there hope we can chart a wise middle path, or will humanity fall into one abyss or the other? And if there a middle path, how do you see it?

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  • In one example, you seem to have gone to the extreme of an AI system that controls every aspect of human life. In any case, many things in life involve trying to strike some balance to avoid going to any extreme (no sweets ever is depressing, but sweets all the time is diabetes).
    – NotThatGuy
    Jul 26, 2023 at 12:01
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    actually even a lot of sweets does not not lead to diabetes if you have healthy pancreas, but ok.
    – user66933
    Jul 26, 2023 at 12:08
  • Here you are attracting down and close votes. Others think differently
    – Rushi
    Jul 26, 2023 at 12:21
  • 1. Why should I worry about attracting close or down votes? I am not working here and not earning money from votes :) 2. Also - where do you see HOW I think in my post? I am giving two scenarios, it doesn't mean I personally think they will happen.
    – user66933
    Jul 26, 2023 at 12:25
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    @SergZ. Are you an AI bot? Jul 26, 2023 at 18:01

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