dissentio - je ne suis pas d'accord - I disagree with the AGI crowd trying to scare us
There's a crowd forming out there trying to scare all of us that Artificial general intelligence (AGI) will get so smart that its going to squash us (humans). Where does this crowd get these ideas? How about 'AGI gets so smart' that it figures out some good things. Just because some pathological mutations occur occasionally doesn't mean that everything that improves only improves to become malicious. More on this later. This will be a frequent topic.
I'm into Meliorism -- i happen to believe that progress is real (eventually) and that the world does improve (event though some barbarians occasionally succeed in taking advantage of trusting folks).
I also believe that scientific and technological progress is real. and there is much that we can do to accelerate that progress ... to the benefit of us all.