London Futurists

What is your p(doom)? with Darren McKee

January 18, 2024 London Futurists Season 1 Episode 69
London Futurists
What is your p(doom)? with Darren McKee
Show Notes

In this episode, our subject is Uncontrollable: The Threat of Artificial Superintelligence and the Race to Save the World. That’s a new book on a vitally important subject.

The book’s front cover carries this endorsement from Professor Max Tegmark of MIT: “A captivating, balanced and remarkably up-to-date book on the most important issue of our time.” There’s also high praise from William MacAskill, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford: “The most accessible and engaging introduction to the risks of AI that I’ve read.”

Calum and David had lots of questions ready to put to the book’s author, Darren McKee, who joined the recording from Ottawa in Canada.

Topics covered included Darren's estimates for when artificial superintelligence is 50% likely to exist, and his p(doom), that is, the likelihood that superintelligence will prove catastrophic for humanity. There's also Darren's recommendations on the principles and actions needed to reduce that likelihood.

Selected follow-ups:
Darren McKee's website
The book Uncontrollable
Darren's podcast The Reality Check
The Lazarus Heist on BBC Sounds
The Chair's Summary of the AI Safety Summit at Bletchley Park
The Statement on AI Risk by the Center for AI Safety

Music: Spike Protein, by Koi Discovery, available under CC0 1.0 Public Domain Declaration