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Manfred comments on Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) at Cambridge makes headlines. - Less Wrong Discussion

19 Post author: betterthanwell 26 November 2012 08:56PM

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Comment author: Manfred 26 November 2012 10:47:35PM *  18 points [-]

News stories in post: 16
Number with a picture from the movie series Terminator: 8 / 16
Number referencing Terminator in text (some with text had no picture, and vice versa): 11 / 16

Popular but not as popular: HAL references.

News stories with no Terminator picture and no textual references to HAL or Arnold Schwarzenegger: 1 / 16, the New Scientist.

Comment author: wuncidunci 26 November 2012 11:20:18PM 7 points [-]

To be fair the Guardian story only references Terminator in the header. The text body is written by Lord Martin Rees and is a short but clear description of X-risk without any sci-fi references. It also focuses more on other X-risks, perhaps a difference in opinion amongst the founders?

Comment author: dbaupp 26 November 2012 11:49:47PM 8 points [-]

("Lord Martin Rees is a British cosmologist and astrophysicist. He has been Astronomer Royal since 1995 and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge since 2004. He was President of the Royal Society between 2005 and 2010". For anyone like me who didn't know.)

Comment author: AlexMennen 27 November 2012 01:14:26AM 3 points [-]

Interesting; there is now a member of a national legislature who is publicly concerned about existential risk. I wonder if he's planning to try to use his political power to reduce x-risk. My guess: probably not. He appears to be rather a lot more interested in science than in politics, and I'm not sure to what extend the average member of the House of Lords even has political power.

Comment author: turchin 27 November 2012 12:08:26PM *  5 points [-]
Comment author: Sean_o_h 27 November 2012 09:16:46PM 4 points [-]

Tallinn and Price are very concerned with AI-related Xrisk. Martin Rees currently considers biological risks his no.1 concern (which is not to say he's unconcerned by AI); he's famously offered bets on a major (~1 million death) bio-related catastrophe occuring in the coming years. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124121965740478983.html

Comment author: Rain 27 November 2012 02:07:22PM 1 point [-]

NPR's Morning Edition had about 30s on this topic today. They also included a voice clip from the Terminator: "Hasta la vista, baby."