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At Effective Altruism Global, high level techies argue that studying artificial intelligence will save more lives in the future than fighting poverty now.

"The number of future humans who will never exist if humans go extinct is so great that reducing the risk of extinction by 0.00000000000000001 percent can be expected to save 100 billion more lives than, say, preventing the genocide of 1 billion people. That argues, in the judgment of Bostrom and others, for prioritizing efforts to prevent human extinction above other endeavors. This is what X-risk obsessives mean when they claim ending world poverty would be a "rounding error." --Dylan Matthews, the Vox

1 thought on “Poverty fight dismissed by techies, research AI to save lives”

  1. David Moss says:

    The Effective Altruism community as a whole actually cares about global poverty an enormous amount though. If you look at where they donate do via their two biggest organisations, Giving What We Can (https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/) or GiveWell (http://www.givewell.org/charities/top-charities) you’ll find the money overwhelmingly goes to global poverty causes.

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