Reading the venture capitalist's 7000-word rant so you don't have to
AI won't bring about the end of the world; climate change already has that job. But as with addressing climate change, addressing the problems AI is creating will require more technology, not less. The internal combustion engine and the fossil fuel electric power plant have turned out to be disasters for the long-term environmental health of the planet, from a human perspective. But they also have allowed us to support a population of 8+ billion with a lifespan that in most places is much higher than in previous centuries. And the way to address the problems those technologies have created is to develop electric or hydrogen transit and solar and wind and other renewable forms of power generation, not to go back to the horse and buggy (and the attendant environment disaster of dealing with the resulting manure). And while that involves lots of reasonable restrictions on technological development it doesn't involve a halt to it. There's no undoing human knowledge, unless we're already midway through the collapse of civilization.
Wonderfully articulated - I thought similar things when I read his piece.