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Introductory Resources on AI Risks

Why are people so worried about AI?
September 18, 2023
Will Jones
A frame from our recent short film 'Artificial Escalation' which presents an AI disaster scenario.


This is a short list of resources that explain the major risks from AI, with a focus on the risk of human extinction. This is meant as an introduction and is by no means exhaustive.

The basics – How AI could kill us all

Deeper dives into the extinction risks

Academic papers

Videos and podcasts


  • The Alignment Problem by Brian Christian (2020)
  • Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark (2017)
  • Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control by Stuart Russell (2019)
  • Uncontrollable: The Threat of Artificial Superintelligence and the Race to Save the World by Darren McKee (2023)

Additional AI risk areas – Other than extinction

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