Balaji Srinivasan on Polytheistic AI, Human-AI Symbiosis, and Prospects for AI Control

Balaji Srinivasan discusses AI gods, human-AI symbiosis, and the future control of AI with Nathan on the Cognitive Revolution Podcast.


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Balaji Srinivasan, investor, former CTO at Coinbase and GP at a16z, and writer of The Network State, joins Nathan to discuss polytheistic AI and AI gods, human-AI symbiosis, and how AI will be controlled. If you need an ecommerce platform, check out our sponsor Shopify: for a $1/month trial period.


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(00:00:00) - Episode Preview
(00:06:07) - Evolution of AI Systems
(00:09:39) - Challenges of AI Robustness
(00:29:54) - Intersection of AI and Politics
(00:52:14) - Regulation
(00:52:44) - Slippery slope of precedent setting
(00:54:00) - Role of AI in political chaos
(00:54:41) - Emergence of decentralized AI
(01:05:39) - AI's future as amplified intelligence
(01:13:00) - Polytheistic model of AI
(01:32:00) - Role of AI in Habitat Degradation
(01:33:32) - AI's ability to do differential diagnosis
(01:34:04) - ABC of economic apocalypse: AI, Bitcoin, China
(01:36:00) - Evolution of AI in chess and medicine
(01:38:22) - Difference between AI existential threat and economic disruption
(01:40:19) - Impact of cryptography on public infrastructure
(02:07:40) - Role of tribalism in AI


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