64. The Dangers of AI and Safety of Mutually Assured Destruction | George Dvorsky

George Dvorsky (@dvorsky) is a Canadian futurist, science writer, and ethicist that has written and spoken extensively about the impacts of cutting-edge science and technology—particularly as they pertain to the improvement of human performance and experience. He is also a senior staff reporter at the popular tech blog Gizmodo, a contributing editor at io9 where he writes about science, culture, and futurism and blogs at

George is a founding member of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, he is Chair of the Board and is the founder and program director for its Rights of Non-Human Persons program. In addition, George is the co-founder and president of the Toronto Transhumanist Association and has served on the Board of Directors for Humanity+ for two terms.

George’s work has been featured in such publications as The Guardian, the BBC, CBC, Forbes, the New York Times, Slate, Radio Free Europe, and al-Jazeera. Outside of work, he is also an avid CrossFitter, an ancestral health enthusiast, and an accomplished music performer, composer, and recording engineer.

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In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including:

  • How life extension and longevity affect society and the technologies ending aging
  • The dangers of AI and problems with containment
  • Why consciousness is such a hard problem and what it means for all of us
  • How George’s study of the past influences his views on the future
  • Why mutually assured destruction could become a thing again
  • The reason AI regulation is harder than it seems
  • Which technologies have George most excited today and why
  • Why tech ethics are so important going forward
  • What happens if and when we invent AGI
  • The problems and possibilities of exponential technology in today’s world

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