AI Through the Looking Glass: Intelligence and the Ethics of Existential Risk

Recent advancements in the performance of large language models is driving renewed concern about AI safety and existential risk, igniting debate about the near-term and long-term priorities for AI ethics research as well as philanthropic giving. In this talk, I challenge conventional AI risk narratives as motivated by an anthropocentric, distorted and narrowed vision of intelligence that reveals more about ourselves and our past than the future of AI. I argue for an anti-deterministic reconception of the relationship between AI and existential risk that more fully accounts for human responsibility, freedom and possibility.