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comment by lsusr · 2020-06-02T20:47:52.161Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

What if an AGI arms race leads to war & the Chinese (or Russians) win? Could they assign the AGI the goal of causing suffering as a way to 'punish' westerners (or to follow through with some type of blackmail)?

Suppose we flipped the flags around. The USA is the world leader in AI. The USA has a record of pursuing punitive action against defeated foes. It has a history of torture, genocide, concentration camps and bombing (nuclear + incendiary) civilian populations. Are you worried that the United States might win an AGI arms race and use it to torture Chinese and Russian civilians?

comment by Anirandis · 2020-06-04T22:14:46.342Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

The American government is shit, don't get me wrong, but in modern times it's much better than some others. The US government isn't currently ethnically cleansing and hasn't done for a while now. I'm a lot less worried about them doing anything than certain other governments.