Nick Charlton

On the Future of Humanity

Ross Andersen talks about the future of humanity, touching on human extinction.

“Stuart Armstrong, a research fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute, once illustrated this phenomenon to me with has pithy take on recent primate evolution. ‘The difference in intelligence between humans and chimpanzees is tiny,’ he said. ‘But in that difference lies the contrast between 7 billion inhabitants and a permanent place on the endangered species list. That tells us it’s possible for a relatively small intelligence advantage to quickly compound and become decisive.’

A slightly fantasised, but interesting look at the future of humanity and AI.