Acceptance Levels

Acceptance Levels

As people gain knowledge about AGI there appears to be several levels one typically goes thru:

  1. Ignorance – Unaware of the possibility of computer intelligence
  2. Aware – Aware of the field of AGI
  3. Disbelief – Conviction that computers cannot do what humans can do (intelligence, consciousness, emotive, creative, etc).
  4. Belief – Conviction that computers will one day do all of the above and more.
  5. Concerned – Seriously concerned about the existential risks to humanity
  6. Transhumanists – Those that believe the end of humanity is a good thing.

This is not to say most people go thru all levels. Certainly plenty of people will remain at level 1, 2 or 3. Personally, having thought about and followed AGI for decadesĀ I have essentially no doubt that computers will one day do all the above. But, also, having followed the risk issues and my own thought experiments, I have moved from level 4 to 5. Noted people at level 5 include Nick Bostom, Stephen Hawkins, Elon Musk and many others. Those at level 6 believe that the end of humanity is a natural progression of evolution and welcome it. In my view, it may be an unavoidable evolution but certainly not one that we want to accelerate. Some at level 6 believe that humans will merge with the AGIs in a desirable way. I feel that may occur initially but in the longer run there is too much that can go wrong.

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