[SEQ RERUN] The Thing That I Protect

Today's post, The Thing That I Protect was originally published on 07 February 2009. A summary (taken from the LW wiki):

 

The cause that drives Yudkowsky isn't Friendly AI, and it isn't even specifically about preserving human values. It's simply about a future that's a lot better than the present.


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