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- If you’re in the UK, go see Martin Rees, Jaan Tallinn, and Huw Price at the Cambridge lecture “Existential Risk: Surviving the 21st Century” on Feb. 26th.
- The big AI news last month was Google’s ~$400M acquisition of DeepMind, and Google’s rumored creation of an AI ethics board. The best coverage I saw was at Forbes: Inside Google’s Mysterious Ethics Board. One of DeepMind’s co-founders, Shane Legg, wrote his PhD thesis on machine superintelligence, takes AI risks quite seriously, and previously wrote about strategies for funding safe AGI. (Shane is far from the only safety-conscious person at DeepMind; he’s just the one who has written the most about AGI safety.)
- Blue Marble Space is running an essay contest on preparing for the distant future of civilization. $500 first-place prize.
- Nick Bostrom’s next book is Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies, now available for pre-order from Amazon US and Amazon UK. I’ve read it three times already, and it is excellent. It’s easily the most cohesive, comprehensive coverage of the subject so far.
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