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August 10, 2023


David Brin

Interesting perspectives. Much of this was in my 1997 book The Transparent Society: Will Technology Make Us Choose Between Privacy and Freedom? Indeed, the real question is: what methods are needed, in order to maximize benefits and minimize harms? The one thing that will certainly not work is a so called "AI moratorium." Only one tech moratorium ever worked, that I know of and the 90s Asilomar Pause in recombinant genertic engineering succeeded because of a very narrow set of circumstances, not one of which exists in the AI communities.

You might find interesting my WIRED article (July'23) which breaks free of the three standard 'AI-formats' that can only lead to disaster, suggesting instead a 4th. That AI entities can only be held accountable if they have individuality... even 'soul'...

My related NEWSWEEK op-ed (June'22) dealt with 'empathy bots'' that feign sapience and personhood.

I have a much more detailed manuscript if you think you might want it.

Keep up the good work.

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