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Effective Altruism Is Pushing a Dangerous Brand of ‘AI Safety’ | WIRED

Timnit Gebru
December 13, 2022

Effective Altruism Is Pushing a Dangerous Brand of ‘AI Safety’ | WIRED

Timnit Gebru
December 13, 2022

Throughout my two decades in Silicon Valley, I have seen effective altruism (EA) – a movement consisting of an overwhelmingly white male group based largely out of Oxford University and Silicon valley – gain alarming levels of influence.

EA is currently being scrutinized due to its association with Sam Bankman-Fried’s crypto scandal, but less has been written about how the ideology is now driving the research agenda in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), creating a race to proliferate harmful systems, ironically in the name of “AI safety.”

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Source: Effective Altruism Is Pushing a Dangerous Brand of ‘AI Safety’ | WIRED