Original post by David Althaus & Tobias Baumann


Podcast description

Read by: Wuschel

Edited by: Garrett Baker

Summary

  • Dictators who exhibited highly narcissistic, psychopathic, or sadistic traits were involved in some of the greatest catastrophes in human history.

  • Malevolent individuals in positions of power could negatively affect humanity’s long-term trajectory by, for example, exacerbating international conflict or other broad risk factors.

  • Malevolent humans with access to advanced technology—such as whole brain emulation or other forms of transformative AI—could cause serious existential risks and suffering risks.

  • We therefore consider interventions to reduce the expected influence of malevolent humans on the long-term future.

    • The development of manipulation-proof measures of malevolence seems valuable, since they could be used to screen for malevolent humans in high-impact settings, such as heads of government or CEOs.

    • We also explore possible future technologies that may offer unprecedented leverage to mitigate against malevolent traits.

    • Selecting against psychopathic and sadistic tendencies in genetically enhanced, highly intelligent humans might be particularly important. However, risks of risks of unintended negative consequences must be handled with extreme caution.

  • We argue that further work on reducing malevolence would be valuable from many moral perspectives and constitutes a promising focus area for longtermist EAs.


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