Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems may become the most powerful set of technologies in human history. It has the potential to be either one of the most beneficial technological revolutions in human history, or the most devastating. Expert polls have shown that most AI researchers expect artificial general intelligence (AGI) or similar systems within decades, able to perform all cognitive tasks at super-human level. This revolution could enable dramatic acceleration of scientific discovery and technological development; curing diseases, eliminating poverty, and helping life spread into our cosmos. However, it could also enable unprecedented inequality, loss of privacy and civil liberties, excessive concentrations of power, and an extreme risk of personal and civilization-wide harm. How can we reap the benefits of AI whilst also mitigating its negative consequences?
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