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Eliezer Yudkowsky on AI Takeover - Dictionary of Arguments

Bostrom I 119
AI takeover/Yudkowsky/Bostrom: (1) Crack the protein folding problem to the extent of being able to generate DNA strings whose folded peptide sequences fill specific functional roles in a complex chemical interaction.
(2) Email sets of DNA strings to one or more online laboratories that offer DNA synthesis, peptide sequencing, and FedEx delivery.
(3) Find at least one human connected to the Internet who can be paid, blackmailed, or fooled by the right background story, into receiving FedExed vials and mixing them in a specified environment.
(4) The synthesized proteins form a very primitive “wet” nanosystem, which, ribosome-like, is capable of accepting external instructions; (…)
(5) Use the extremely primitive nanosystem to build more sophisticated systems, which construct still more sophisticated systems, bootstrapping to molecular nanotechnology—or beyond.(1)
>Ethics/superintelligence/Bostrom, >Norms/Bostrom, >Risks/Bostrom, >Technology/Bostrom, >Goals/Bostrom, >Ethics/Yudkowsky.


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.


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


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