Concerns raised over the ‘dangerous’ ideology shaping AI debate

Summary: The article discusses the philosophy of long-termism in Silicon Valley, which focuses on preventing human extinction through actions prioritizing the distant future. Critics argue that this philosophy is dangerous, as it diverts attention from pressing AI issues like data theft and biased algorithms. Long-termism, transhumanism, and effective altruism influence academia and tech sectors but face criticism for their focus on extinction. Critics liken long-termism to eugenics and argue that it detracts from addressing immediate problems while sensationalizing extinction for profit.

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