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Eliezer Yudkowsky on Anthropomorphism - Dictionary of Arguments

Bostrom I 112
Anthropomorphism/superintelligence/Yudkowsky/Bostrom: Even if we recognize that a superintelligence can have all the skills and talents we find in the human distribution, along with other talents that are not found among humans, the tendency toward anthropomorphizing can still lead us to underestimate the extent to which a machine superintelligence could exceed the human level of performance. Eliezer Yudkowsky (…) has been particularly emphatic in condemning this kind of misconception: our intuitive concepts of “smart” and “stupid” are distilled from our experience of variation over the range of human thinkers, yet the differences in cognitive ability within this human cluster are trivial in comparison to the differences between any human intellect and a superintelligence.(1)(2)


1. Yudkowsky, Eliezer. 2008a. “Artificial Intelligence as a Positive and Negative Factor in Global Risk.” In Global Catastrophic Risks, edited by Nick Bostrom and Milan M. Ćirković, 308–45. New York: Oxford University Press.
2. Yudkowsky, Eliezer. 2013. Intelligence Explosion Microeconomics, Technical Report 2013–1. Berkeley, CA: Machine Intelligence Research Institute.


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Yudkowsky, Eliezer
Bostrom I
Nick Bostrom
Superintelligence. Paths, Dangers, Strategies Oxford: Oxford University Press 2017


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