Meta's Head of AI Has Some Interesting Beliefs About Dominance and Submission

Thanks For Sharing Yann LeCun — Meta-formerly-Facebook’s outspoken chief AI scientist — kept things extremely normal this weekend when he took to Twitter to announce that humanity is but an endless struggle over evolution-ordained domination and submission. “Most people have no problem leading groups of people who are smarter than themselves,” tweeted LeCun, who’s also an NYU professor. “Political, business, and military leaders have staff and advisors who are often smarter individually or collectively. Why would people feel threatened leading machines that are smarter than them?” “Humans are hardwired by evolution to be a social species with hierarchical structure,” he added. “This includes hardwired drives for dominance or submission. AI assistants will simply have hardwired drives to submit and not dominate.” Backtrack City As you’d expect, some people took issue with LeCun’s hardwiring claims, arguing that similar — and heavily debated — ideologies have been used to justify a lot of humanity’s dehumanizing evils. “We should be immensely worried that the people with the most power to sculpt the social architecture of the next decades promote the same kinds of pseudoscience used to justify slavery and segregation,” wrote one concerned netizen. “Keep your political beliefs out of the future of AI,” added another, “especially the stuff that’s been used to justify colonialism and racism for centuries.” These criticisms seemingly put LeCun on the defensive, causing the scientist to backtrack to what felt like a borderline nonsensical degree. “I do not believe in any ‘natural hierarchical structure,'” LeCun wrote in a…Meta's Head of AI Has Some Interesting Beliefs About Dominance and Submission

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