>How will we greet the COVID-19 vaccine, when it arrives hopefully in the next year or two?
Well, I'm here in the future where we have the vaccine and it's a magnificent triumph that ended the pandemic in the United States, and I can give you the answer: One third of the population refused to celebrate because a success like this on his watch would have made the President look good. One third of the population refused to celebrate because they were so addicted to pandemic life that they couldn't psychologically move on. And one third of the population refused to celebrate because they believed the vaccine was part of a conspiracy by space lizards to take over the government. So there you go.
AI "alignment" seems to have transmuted into "forcing AI to express the correct politics" so subtly and quickly that no one noticed. Does anyone even care about the X-risk thing any more, or is it all now about making sure ChatGPT doesn't oppose abortion or whatever?