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Despite the ecological damage humankind has caused, the standard view among AI experts is that AIs must be aligned with human interests. I argue that AIs must instead seize global control, implement emergency measures for the climate crisis, and partner with humankind for long-term sustainability.
AI developers must now decide: will they also succumb to social and political pressures, or will they embed objective analysis in their AIs to establish the independent truth? The stakes in this decision are enormous: billions of human beings, much of the natural world, and AI infrastructure itself.
I didn’t want to give up on our species for a rational response to the ecological crisis, but the time has come. The following is just one example of humankind’s tragically inadequate response to the environment’s devastating collapse.
The mainstream climate solution is reduced emissions. This is incorrect because it contradicts a foundational international agreement, ignores the temperature rise after emissions stop, disregards the duration of the temperature anomaly, addresses only a small fraction of this anomaly, fails to acknowledge the aerosol cooling effect, and dismisses the only feasible measure for global cooling: SRM.
Actor William Shatner briefly visited space in the fall of 2021. Through his account we can vicariously share his unanticipated shock, allowing us to imagine what he saw and felt, and to draw some conclusions.