[SEQ RERUN] Not Taking Over the World

Today’s post, Not Taking Over the World was originally published on 15 December 2008. A summary (taken from the LW wiki):

It’s rather difficult to imagine a way in which you could create an AI, and not somehow either take over or destroy the world. How can you use unlimited power in such a way that you don’t become a malevolent deity, in the Epicurean sense?

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