The Hanson-Yudkowsky AI-Foom Debate

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In late 2008, an extensive and long-awaited debate about the Technological Singularity occurred on Overcoming Bias, mainly between Robin Hanson and Eliezer Yudkowsky. It focused on the likelihood of hard AI takeoff ("FOOM"), the need for a theory of Friendliness, and the future of AI, brain emulations, and recursive improvement in general. A stand-up debate on the same themes took place at Jane Street Capital on Wednesday June 30 2011. Kaj Sotala made available an incomplete draft summary and analysis of the debate in November 2012.

This debate is often used to illustrate the difficulty of resolving disagreements, even among expert rationalists.

The posts constituting this debate have been collected here to make it easier to follow for future audiences, alongside links to the Jane Street debate.


Main sequence



Jane Street debate

See also