Attitudes towards Artificial General Intelligence

Following the recent comments by Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking, more people are thinking and talking about the possibility of an AGI being created, and what it might mean.

That’s a good thing.

The chart below is a sketch of how I suspect the opinions are forming within the various groups participating in the debate.  (The general public is not yet participating to any significant degree.)

It’s conjecture based on news reporting and personal discussions, and not intended to offend, so please don’t sue me.  Otherwise, comments welcome.

Attitudes towards AGI
CESR = Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (Cambridge University)

FHI = Future of Humanity Institute (Oxford University)

MIRI = Machine Intelligence Research Institute (formerly the Singularity Institute)


2 thoughts on “Attitudes towards Artificial General Intelligence

    • Good question, to which I don’t really know the aswer. A cynic might say that academics are very conservative, and they are probably also very wary of falling into the same hype trap which has led to previous AI winters.
      Also they are aware of the huge gap between current AI and AGI.
      And they may be resentful of the intrusion into their space by the computer scientists who make up a lot of the AGI research community.
      Probably a few other reasons too.

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