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Steven Pinker is an experimental cognitive psychologist and a popular writer on language, mind, and human nature. A native of Montreal, he earned his Bachelor’s degree at McGill University in 1976, his PhD from Harvard in 1979, and taught at Harvard, Stanford, and MIT before returning to Harvard in 2003. Pinker’s research on vision, language, and social relations has won prizes from the National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Institution of Great Britain, the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science. He has also received eight honorary doctorates, several teaching awards at MIT and Harvard, and numerous prizes for his books The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, The Blank Slate, The Better Angels of Our Nature, and The Sense of Style. He is Chair of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary, and often writes for The New York Times, Time, and other publications. He has been named Humanist of the Year, Foreign Policy’s “100 Global Thinkers,” and Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World Today.” Prof. Pinker is currently doing research on a diverse array of topics in psychology, including the role of common knowledge (where two or more people know that the others know what they know) in language and other social phenomena; historical and recent trends in violence and their explanation; the psycholinguistics of good writing; the nature of the critical period for acquiring language; the neurobiology and genetics of language; and the nature of regular and irregular phenomena in grammar.
Artificial Intelligence In The Age Of Reason
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Great interview, I love Steve Pinker. Not sure about the comments on terrorism and a some on AI. If I’m not mistaken (and not trying to prejudge childfree Pinker), there’s something about not having kids that may hinder the assessment of ‘long-term’ risks.
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The way I see it, Steven Pinker thinks AI will be like a machine which only does what we tell it to do, but the whole point of developing AI is to create a machine which does more than what we specify.
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Doomsday is hot. For decades, we have been terrified by dreadful visions of civilization-ending overpopulation, resource shortages, pollution and nuclear war. But recently, the list of existential menaces has ballooned.

We now have been told to worry about nanobots that will engulf us, robots that will enslave us, artificial intelligence that will turn us into raw materials and teenagers who will brew a genocidal virus or take down the internet from their bedrooms
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AI could be the best or the worst event in the history of civilization. It brings dangers, like powerful autonomous weapons, or new ways for the few to oppress the many. It could bring great disruption to our economy
I like Steven Pinker’s way of thinking. Disagree a little on terrorism but agree a lot on AI.
Finally someone speaking some sense about the ridiculous hypothetical paperclip threat of AI. He beautifully articulated my thoughts that an AGI wouldn't be very intelligent at all if it were to blindly turn the universe into paperclips.
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I think the current AI is still pretty damn. its just a glorified"if this then that"