[LINK] Interview with "Ex Machina" director Alex Garland

post by philh · 2015-04-02T13:46:56.324Z · score: 6 (7 votes) · LW · GW · Legacy · 2 comments

http://www.engadget.com/2015/04/01/ex-machina-alex-garland-interview/

The title says he "embraces the rise of superintelligent AI", but that isn't really supported by the text.

What struck me about this was that he seems to just take good habits of thought for granted.

I instinctively disagreed with this, but I didn't have the sort of armory to disagree with it on his terms, so I started reading as much as I could.

What other sorts of AI books have you read?

I pretty much would read everything I could. I tried to read people like Penrose, who were arguing against what I instinctively believed.

That's a good way to solidify your argument.

I don't want to dignify it from my point of view, because I can't stress enough I'm a real layman. So I can understand the principles of an argument, but when it comes to the actuality [...] I really don't understand it.

Being clear about these things is important. Otherwise, we're very quick to conflate stuff, and suddenly you'll be talking about the sentience of Siri. And Siri doesn't have any fucking sentience. AI is probably too broad of a term to be useful at the moment.

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comment by Dr_Manhattan · 2015-04-02T16:49:18.391Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Alex Garland has two of the most intelligent sci-fi movies of the decade (28 days later, Sunshine) to his credit. Much looking forward to a movie of that level of sophistication in the AI area.

comment by ChristianKl · 2015-04-02T13:54:59.882Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

The title says he "embraces the rise of superintelligent AI", but that isn't really supported by the text.

In general titles are often not writing by the journalist who writes the article but by a editor.