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It's increasingly clear the worst harm done by Yudkowsky is focusing people on apocalyptic AI risk over the already existent AI problems.
By focusing our notion of the dangers of AI on species-ending threats, we're primed not to think about the bad shit AI does now as a danger.
AI moderation of social networks and its effects on discourse? Not the paperclip optimizer, so who cares?
Face recognition that can't handle black people? But in our sci-fi stories AI tortures us for all eternity!
AI risk is happening. Invisible assumptions of well intentioned programmers are causing real harm.
But because our framework for the concept is defined by sci-fi, including Yudkowsky's sci-fi masquerading as science, we miss this.
And I single Yudkowsky out because A) his thought is the worst offender and B) his ideas have permeated the pop science discourse.
By 2100 more people will have died because of Yudkowsky's bad influence than because of the strong AI we still won't have invented.
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