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This post describes "two competing groups of weird nerds in Silicon Valley have been locked in a cringe philosophical battle over what both sides believe is the inevitable rise of an artificial super intelligence." On the one hand are the Effective Altruists (EA) who believe that AI is the best route to a better society (provided it is in the right hands). On the other side are the effective accelerationists (e/acc) who also believe AI will change society, and aren't really worried about the consequences. Neither group matters, argues Ryan Broderick. "They both result in the same outcome — an entire world run by automations owned by the ultra-wealthy. Which is why the most important question right now is not, 'how safe is this AI model?' It's, 'do we need even need it?'"

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